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Growing a Student Environmental Resource Center at UC Berkeley


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Growing a Student Environmental Resource Center at UC Berkeley

  1. 1. Growing a Student Environmental Resource Center Hanna Morris Manon von Kaenel Katherine Walsh
  2. 2. AGENDA A Brief History Determining a Need for a Center Challenges Mission and Objectives Growing Support and Partnerships Success Learning Outcomes What’s Next? Q&A
  3. 3. A BRIEF HISTORY Hired staff Director in December 2013 and officially became a functional area within the LEAD Center, a unit of the ASUC Student Union. Functioned as a student org with advising from TGIF Coordinator; hired student staff to implement programming. Received funding from The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) and the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Student Services and Fees (CACSSF). Established in 2012 by students. 2012-2013 Directors 2013-2014 Directors
  4. 4. DETERMINING NEED FOR A CENTER Student Environmental Resource Center The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) needed a relatable team in the LEAD Center. UC Berkeley offers 546 sustainability courses and 74 sustainability degree programs- represents 20% of graduates. UC Berkeley has 40-50 environmental and sustainability focused student organizations who need advising and support for leadership development, collaboration, projects, campaigns, etc. LEAD Center aims to provide leadership development, advising, and support for individual students, student orgs, student government, and campus communities. TGIF has funded over 220 student sustainability internships.
  5. 5. CHALLENGES Developing a mission, goals, strategic plan, and brand. Determining scope of SERC and its services. Securing a University Departmental home. Securing student engagement and buy-in to SERC. Developing partnerships. Hiring staff (students and career staff). Securing sustainable funding. Securing permanent campus space. Transitioning from an independent student organization to a University-supported center.
  6. 6. MISSION The Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) cultivates a collaborative space to strengthen the collective effectiveness of the sustainability community, and provides resources for students to actualize their visions of a more equitable, socially just, and resilient future.
  7. 7. OBJECTIVES To provide institutional memory and leadership transition support for student orgs, projects, and initiatives To cultivate safe space for civil discourse and the expression of diverse opinions To engage students in applied and active education To create a collaborative working space To provide advising, financial, and leadership development resources to students To offer educational programming and skills-based trainings To communicate student-focused resources and opportunities To build community centered on visions of a more equitable, socially just, and resilient future
  8. 8. GROWING SUPPORT & PARTNERSHIPS  College of Natural Resources  Career Center  LEAD Center and ASUC Student Union  Campus Recycling and Refuse Services  Office of Sustainability  Environmental and Sustainability Student Organizations  Berkeley Climate Action Coalition  California Student Sustainability Coalition Who shares similar values and objectives? Whose work aligns with SERC’s mission? What can SERC offer a potential partner? What can a potential partner offer SERC?
  9. 9. SUCCESS Over 30 events hosted and co- sponsored. Sent 10 students to PowerShift 2014. Secured temporary space in two locations Launched the SERC Blog and Words of the Watershed Journal SERC students taught four semester-long “DeCal” classes. Co-hosted a “Mondo Banana” screening with the SF Green Film Festival. Hired a full-time staff director, became official campus unit. Secured over $230,000 in grant funding to date.
  10. 10. DEVELOPING LEARNING OUTCOMES Each student will be able to define sustainability and the 3 E's and explain their interrelation. Students will identify careers and professional opportunities that align with their personal values and goals. Students will learn to gather and organize information relevant to subject matter, critically analyze environmental and sustainability media, and construct informative and convincing journalism and audio-visual stories. Each ECO Advisory Council Member will demonstrate the ability to garner support for change through communication skills, consensus building strategies, and respect for the ideas and differences of others. Each student will learn how to apply concepts of sustainability to their campus and community by engaging in the challenges and solutions of sustainability on their campus. (ACPA)
  11. 11. WHAT’S NEXT? • The Green Initiative Fund • Zero Waste Research Center • Nature Village: Sustainable Living Program • SERC Workshop Series • ECO Advisory Council • SERC Career Series • SERC Film Series • Social Greens • 5 DeCals • SERC Blog • Words of the Watershed Journal • California Student Sustainability Coalition Representation • Earth Week & Food Month Leadership • Green Certification for Student Orgs • The Den: Sustainability Projects Clearinghouse • Environmental & Sustainability Organization Database • Advertising for student activities • Peer and staff advising for students and student orgs • Support for student attendance at conferences and trainings • Connections with environmental and sustainability resources
  12. 12. CONTACT INFORMATION Student Environmental Resource Center Hearst Gym 102 MC 4500 Berkeley, CA 94720 510-643-2992 QUESTIONS?