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Sustainable Environment Institute

Los Angeles Community College District

Upcoming SEI seminars, Spring 2024:

Feb 29th Public health equity/USC Public Health and Environmental Toxins will be discussing PFAFS and their work and data with the Latino community with California Alliance of Academics and Communities for Public Health Equity.  Possible guest Martha Dena- Arguello

March 21st Climate anxiety (co-coordinate with CCCCE ?) 

April 1-30. Film festival (collaborate)? 

April 25th Make your own weather, ask if CCCCE can pay for speaker Didi Pershouse, Author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities

May 16th Embedding Climate Literacy into Curriculum. (ECCLPS- Kelly Le, UCLA- Ardhana Tripati, RCAC, CSU and LACCD faculty) folks as Metal Contamination Project and collaboration with USC and White Memorial Hospital.


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The SEI’s own Xiao Behlendorf has prepared a webpage via the LA Valley College library that hosts resources for faculty and students in confronting this challenge.  Beginning with a useful definition of this phenomenon, the site offers links to book titles and short reviews as well as articles. There are podcasts and videos as well as links to local environmental organizations where students can volunteer, intern, and even get paid positions.  Most importantly, the page offers several organizations that can help people facing a mental health crisis.  The tab on Climate Crisis Conversations hosts 17 of them running from 30 minutes to 1 hour. The TED talk on mental health is also very well selected.  Xiao was recently featured in the Valley Star for her work at the LAVC Library.

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Recently the national availability of an emergency phone number, 988, is now national service for the most immediate help in a crisis.  The issue is also getting attention in the LACCD so that Student Health services on each campus are stepping up their capacity to help students distressed by the tsunami of bad news. The SEI hosted a roundtable of sorts on November 10 as part of the Professional Development College series of Summer/Fall talks.  See other article here on the planned schedule for these talks.

Beth Abels
George Leddy
Xiao Behlendorf

David Beaulieu

February 15, 2024


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