Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Earth Ethics
Institute (EEI) in partnership with the
Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (iCED)
has been leading the way
in introducing and establishing SENCER (Sciene
Education and New Civic Engagements and
Responsibilities) at the
In the summer of 2013
EEI sent two representatives to the SENCER
to guide our approach in incorporating the
SENCER ideals in
Global Sustainability and
Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) Learning Network.
In the fall of 2013, EEI developed and offered a
professional development workshop
Experiential Learning and
the SENCER Approach for
MDC faculty introducing SENCER
and various civic engagement opportunities
available through our community partners.
This workshop allowed EEI to begin developing a
SENCER community of practice at MDC.
EEI repeated the workshop in Spring 2014 and
developed a second workshop
SENCER and Working with
to to further grow our SENCER community
and strengthen its ties to our GSELS project.
SENCER is a nation-wide program that
successfully integrates civic engagement into
the STEM classroom.
SENCER is sponsored by National Science
Foundation and National Center for Science and
offers a proven method for incorporating civic
engagement and experiential learning in the STEM
classroom, as well as assessment tools.
Students and faculty report that the SENCER
approach makes science more real, accessible,
useful and civically important—in short, the
SENCER program can transform the STEM classroom
into a crucible where the civic leaders of
tomorrow are forged today.
The Earth Ethics Institute
Sustainability and SENCER Challenge