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IN PROGRESS | Canvas Course about the Intersection of Social & Environmental Issues

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IGC Capstone Project | Interfaces of Global Change

Creation of a Canvas Course on Social & Environmental Issues Affecting American Indian and Indigenous Communities

Student Members:
Faculty Mentors:
  • Dr. Julia Gohlke, Public Health Sciences
  • Dr. Melissa Faircloth, American Indian and Indigenous Community Center

In Progress (Initiated March 2023)

Adequate training related to Indigenous experiences and identities in the realm of higher education is sorely needed. At Virginia Tech (VT), such resources are spread out across different platforms and may be difficult to locate and access. Dr. Melissa Faircloth, Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Community Center at VT, has initiated trainings within the VT community that provide attendees with an in-depth overview of racial justice and equity issues impacting Native communities, the complexities of defining Indigenous and Native identities, and an introduction to the common myths an microaggressions faced by Indigenous people within society. For this capstone project, we propose collaborating with Dr. Faircloth to help adapt her presentation into a centralized, self-paced Canvas course centered on these very topics. We will integrate visual and audio features—including recorded lectures by Dr. Faircloth—into five course modules. The primary deliverable for this project is a Canvas course that is open to anyone at VT. VT Canvas members can sign up for the course on its own or link to it from other relevant courses. The centralized and accessible nature of this course will make it possible for professors at VT from a varietyn disciplines to add these modules to their Canvas courses.