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Strengthening engaged scholarship for environmental and social justice (Part 2)

15 July 2018
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Chad Raphael, Christopher Bacon, and Iris Stewart-Frey of the Environmental Justice Collaborative, Santa Clara University This is a continuation of the previous Ecojesuit article that shared the first four of eight strategies in strengthening an engaged scholarship for environmental and social justice that the Environmental Justice Collaborative at Santa Clara University identified. The Environmental Justice Collaborative is a two-year interdisciplinary faculty seminar on environmental justice and the common good that advances research, teaching, and university initiatives that contribute to the university’s Jesuit and Catholic vocation as a transformative force.  Faculty Collaborative members Chad Raphael, Professor, Department of Communication, and Christopher Bacon and Iris Stewart-Frey, both Associate Professors, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences developed this paper and we now share the last four strategies: 5. Expanding scholarly communication In most institutions, standards for faculty promotion and tenure continue to erect barriers to community-engaged scholarship. (Welch, 2016, pp 219-220)  Many faculty members are concerned that devoting the considerable time required to make and maintain collaborative relationships with community partners runs counter to some institutions’ demand for increasing numbers of faculty publications in the name of “scholarly productivity” and the fast publication cycles in today’s academic discourse. In addition, restrictive standards that put heavy
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Strengthening engaged scholarship for environmental and social justice (Part 1)

30 June 2018
Strengthening engaged scholarship for environmental and social justice (Part 1)

Chad Raphael, Christopher Bacon, and Iris Stewart-Frey of the Environmental Justice Collaborative, Santa Clara University In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis reminds us that “… a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” (LS 49) And in an address  at Santa Clara University  nearly 20 years ago, former Father General Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ spoke about commitment to justice in Jesuit higher education.  “To make sure that the real concerns of the poor find their place in research, faculty members need an organic collaboration with those in the Church and in society who work among and for the poor and actively seek justice. They should be involved together in all aspects: presence among the poor, designing the research, gathering the data, thinking through problems, planning and action, doing evaluation and theological reflection.” The Environmental Justice Collaborative  at Santa Clara University is a two-year interdisciplinary faculty seminar on environmental justice and the common good, advancing research, teaching, and university initiatives that contribute to the university’s Jesuit and Catholic vocation as a transformative force. Faculty Collaborative
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Reflections

The Colombian Amazon rainforest is estimated to be a third of Colombia’s total land area of about 111 million hectares.  There are varying estimates of this forested area: 60.3 million ha (FAO 2012), 48 million ha (World Bank), and 64 million ha (Forestry Development Plan). Colombia is also believed to host 14% of the world’s biodiversity.  Between 1990 and 2010, FAO reported a deforestation rate of 101,000 ha (0.17%) per year while government reports a higher rate of 310,349 ha (0.48%) per year for the same time period.  Other studies estimated deforestation increase by 192% in the Caquetá region in 2012 and the Colombian Ministry of Environment estimated a loss of 140,356 ha in 2014. (Source: Global Forest Atlas) Photo credit: S Miclat

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana’s Colombian Amazon Program: Building an open university in constant dialogue with national reality

The following video address of Fr Jorge Humberto Peláez SJ, Rector of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia on the University’s Colombia Amazon Program was shared during the Ecojesuit meeting on 1 August with the University’s key officials and faculty and with the Conferencia de Provinciales Jesuitas en América Latina y El Caribe (CPAL) led by...

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Calling for change and ecological conversion in a new dialogue to care for our common home, Laudato Si’ three years after

Pope Francis addressed the participants at the International Conference marking the 3rd Anniversary of Laudato Si’, the environment encyclical letter shared with the world in 2015.  More than 200 people gathered at the New Synod Hall at the Vatican on 5 to 6 July 2018 to be part of the international conference organized by...

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