My Experience in Sustainability Perspectives and Methods

Sustainability Perspectives and Methods was a valuable course, because it taught us how to apply what we learned in Surveying Sustainability to close-to-home, real-world sustainability challenges. The course has now been renamed Sustainability in Action, which is appropriate, because it really is an action-oriented course. This course also taught us how to work effectively in both interdisciplinary and trans disciplinary groups and teams and the value in that.

As part of this course, we were required to read a book and then present on that book to the rest of the class. I read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, which takes the form of a letter written by Coates to his young Black son detailing what it is like to be Black in America. We were also required to attend a public meeting at some point throughout the semester. I attended a Zoom Meeting hosted by my college, the College of Health and Human Services, entitled "Let's Make a Plan: Promoting Social Justice and Race Equity in CHHS". Here, I was able to apply what I had learned from both Surveying Sustainability and Sustainability Perspectives and Methods and what I had learned from reading Between the World and Me. It was, as the new title of Sustainability Perspectives and Methods suggests, sustainability in action.