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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
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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

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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...

Living Laudato Si’

Living Laudato Si’ – video

On the third anniversary of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the care for our common home, we are continuously urged to hear “both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (LS, 160).  The need to stir compassion and action for our common home among individuals and communities remains a pressing...

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Integral ecology and Indigenous Peoples

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International Conference on the 3rd anniversary of Laudato Si’

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