Podcast: Creating Students Who Are Sustainably-Minded Change Agents Through Active Learning


KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug 24, 2020) — Is it possible to educate students to think about and act on sustainability issues? Find out this month on the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Thought-Provoking podcast as host Shelly Kiser, Communications Manager, talks with Vanessa Slinger-Friedman, Ph.D., professor of geography; Jason Rhodes, Ph.D., Lecturer of Geography; and Britt Pickering, Director of the OwlSwap Sustainability Initiative.

We’ll find out how using active learning can transform education and create students who are change agents and “environmentally emancipated.” Hear four examples of experiential learning initiatives in geography, architecture, engineering and marketing at KSU that gave students a deep, hands-on immersion into sustainability.

We’ll also discover how a geography of clothing class led students and faculty to create OwlSwap, one of the largest and most visible sustainability programs on campus. This unique program combines sustainability, student research and job readiness, and helping disadvantaged students. Also hear about the OwlSwap research collaboration between students at KSU and a university in Bangladesh to study the challenges and social justice issues faced by garment workers as they produce the cheap, trendy clothing called “fast fashion.”

Listen to the episode: http://bit.ly/ThoughtProvokingEp2