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  Fall Virtual GSELS Projects Showcase
Offered by Earth Ethics Institute, Kendall Campus
Featuring asynchronous virtual student project presentations

The Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) Projects Showcase at Kendall Campus is an event organized and hosted by MDC's Earth Ethics Institute each semester. Students in GSELS-designated classes present and share their research projects, artwork, designs, models, and performance pieces, all focusing on an array of sustainability and Earth Literacy topics.

Fall 2021 GSELS Projects are now live!

Visit the Fall 2021 Virtual GSELS Showcase Library Guide website to view this semester's projects created by nearly 80 students from Kendall Campus GSELS-designated classes.
For more information, contact Netiva Kolitz:



Good Health and Well-Being
Fall 2021 Campus Learning Community and Virtual Symposium
Offered by MDC North and Padrón Campuses

November 29 - December 3

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The MDC North and Padrón Campuses Changemaking Education and Social Innovation Department’s Earth Ethics Institute and the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy collaborate to host the Campus Learning Community Symposium: Good Health and Well-Being (UN SDG #3). The symposium explores varied aspects regarding the fostering of good-health and well-being as foundational to building community sustainability and resiliency.

The Campus Learning Community features community experts, faculty presentations, and student-led information displays and presentations featuring environmental sustainability, resiliency, citizen participation in civic action and social justice perspectives with a focus on the state of developing health and well-being in South Florida.

For more on the symposium and Campus Learning Community, please contact:
Padrón Campus North Campus
Mark Tirpak (EEI) Stephen Nesvacil (EEI) 


Building Community-Based Resiliency through Food System Collaboration and Sustainability  

Arely B. Lozano Cantú, M.A 
Director of Health Access and Livability @ Urban Health Partnerships 

Arely B. Lozano Cantú holds a strong passion for amplifying resident voices and improving health-empowerment and opportunities in underserved communities. She serves as Director of Health Access and Livability at Urban Health Partnerships, advancing their mission of investing in our communities by co-designing sustainable change and promoting equity and well-being across the life span. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 
12:40 – 1:55 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 865 2848 2023

Passcode: 964476



UNA Panel Discussion 
The UNSDG’s: Future-Proofing the Skill-Sets of the Global Workforce
United Nations Association - Miami

The panel is going to discuss the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, their role as the most important global framework for sustainability efforts of our time, and how they allow us to make collective progress. It will further address the need to become proficient in the SDGs as a way to future-proof the skill-sets of the global work force. 

The panel will also discuss cross-sectoral initiatives in Miami-Dade and beyond that improve the health and wellbeing of our communities in-line with SDG #3, and will consider challenges related to sustainability, resilience and inclusiveness. In addition, panelists will talk about wellbeing and shifting the measurement of progress from measuring GDP towards "the Global Happiness Index.” 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 
1:00 - 2:15pm
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Meeting ID: 865 2848 2023

Passcode: 964476

Mindful Movement
Michelle Grant-Murray, MDC Kendall Coordinator of Dance

Join us for this choreographed mindfulness exploration with Michelle Grant-Murray, MDC Kendall Coordinator of Dance.

Thursday, December 2, 2021
11:15am - 12:30pm

Register here.

The Zen Tea Ceremony and the Art of Well-Being
Prof. Adrianne Aiko Thompson

Zen Buddhism recognizes the extra-ordinary in the ordinary, emphasizing the joy available through the simplest of gestures. Could the Zen Tea Ceremony offer insight into the connection between well-being and sustainability?

Join Professor Aiko for a demonstration and explanation of this ancient tradition!

Thursday, December 2, 2021
4 - 5:30 p.m.

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Meeting ID: 669 777 3675
Passcode: 413928

Humanities and Well-Being: The Power of Stories to Shape Our Health
Dr. Julia Buss

Dr. Julia Buss (MDC alumni) explores how the humanities can support the science of climate change, helping to fuel the desire to rethink health and well-being in the Anthropocene.
Hosted by Profs. Sarah Jacob (West) and Darrell Arnold (North)

Friday, December 3, 2021
10 a.m.

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Past Events (Fall 2021)

WE-LAB Virtual Workshop

The Water and Energy Learning and Behavior Program (WE-LAB), focuses on delivering urgent and highly relevant environmental education about the water-energy nexus to South Florida residents, teachers, and school children. Through educational and interactive workshops, the WE-LAB seeks to motivate community-wide water-energy-saving behaviors and foster long-term environmental stewardship through money-saving actions. WE-LAB participants will learn to track their water and energy use at home and apply these new behaviors learned, in order to take action and make improvements, as well as learning how to properly recycle.

This event will be held twice, join us on one of the days below!

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
11:15am - 12:15pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 831 9207 5170
Passcode: 752660
Registration Link

, November 3, 2021
10:00 - 10:50am
Zoom Meeting ID: 890 2555 4503
Passcode: 040460
Registration Link


Global Sustainability & Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) Student Info Sessions
Learn how you can become a 21st-century engaged citizen!

Monday, Nov. 1
10-10:30 a.m.

Zoom Meeting ID: 880 9896 1933

Tuesday, Nov. 2 
3-3:30 p.m.

Zoom Meeting ID: 880 9896 1933

Wednesday, Nov 3
12-12:30 p.m.

Zoom Meeting ID: 880 9896 1933

Thursday, Nov. 4
1-1:30 p.m.

Zoom Meeting ID: 880 9896 1933


Impermanence in Art: Artists in the Anthropocene with Kohl King, MFA
Humanities Edge Critical Thinking Sessions
Presented by the West Campus YES! Club

Glocal activist, educator and artist Kohl King, MFA will showcase artists who work with the idea of impermanence either through materials which will fade or through various kinds of refuse materials, highlighting the large issue of human consumption or through temporary or ephemeral acts such as performance.  During this presentation we can all  explore the question of whether artists ought to be a voice for the Anthropocene and if so, how do we reconcile the obligation to address sustainability issues with the desire and need for artistic freedom?

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
11:15am - 12:30pm

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Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF) Guest Lecture by James Wildman
Offered by Professor Albert Lenel of Padrón Campus

Professor Albert Lenel invites MDC faculty, staff and students to attend a guest lecture by James Wildman of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF).

Friday, November 5, 2021
7 - 9am
Meeting Link

Friday, November 5, 2021
9:30 - 11:30am
Meeting Link

Climate Change: An Interview with the Consul General of Germany in Miami, the Honorable Andreas Siegel
Offered by North Campus

As part of the Building Global Leaders, International Environmental Series and in collaboration with the Center for the Advancement of Language and Culture Studies in the World Languages department, Consul General Siegel will be discussing the Climate Summit that took place in April and the Transatlantic Climate Bridge Conference that took place in July. In addition, he will also be analyzing the transitioning of Germany to decarbonize energy supply by switching to renewable sources to leave nuclear and fossil energy behind.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 
10:00 - 10:30 AM 
Location: MDC North Campus, Blackboard Collaborate 

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Coral Reef Restoration: A Success Story
Sponsored by the Hialeah Campus YES! Club

Coral Restoration Foundation™ (CRF) is the largest reef restoration organization in the world. Headquartered in Key Largo, Florida, they were founded in response to the widespread loss of the dominant coral species on Florida's Coral Reef.

They have been working to turn the tide for this critical ecosystem since 2007. Florida's Coral Reef now hosts just two percent of the populations of the once-dominant staghorn and elkhorn coral that it had in the 1970s.

Coral Restoration Foundation has developed a method for "farming" and "outplanting" colonies of staghorn and elkhorn.  To date, they have restored more than 17,500 square meters of Florida's Coral Reef. With this presentation, students will learn about the CRF efforts to restore coral reefs in South Florida and what we can do to help.


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

10 - 10:50 AM

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Meeting ID: 873 8711 5438

Passcode: 0grYtG

Empty Bowls - Kendall Campus
Hosted by the Kendall Campus Sustainability Committee

Empty Bowls is a fundraising event hosted by the Kendall Campus Sustainability Committee that benefits the Kendall Campus Food Pantry. Hand-made ceramic bowls, mugs, tumblers and cups created by Professor Ray Morales and his students may be purchased by direct donations to the food pantry. Click here for more information!

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
11am - 1pm
Kendall Campus Building 2 Breezeway


We are Speaking but No One is Listening:
A Frank Conversation About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Climate Crisis

Join us for a virtual mini-symposium in support of the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference, brought to you by students from Miami Dade College and students from University of St. Andrews and University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.

Friday, November 19, 2021
10am - 12:30pm EST  |  3pm GMT
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