The environment takes center stage at Brookdale during the next two years with the Global Citizenship Project’s (GCP) 2019-2021 theme–One World: Environmental Issues.

Starting this fall, through GCP’s partnerships and programming, Brookdale will examine various aspects of environmental challenges across disciplines through curricular and co-curricular initiatives. The four semester cycle will conclude with a multidisciplinary Global Read in Spring 2021, with the text to be voted on by faculty in Fall 2020.

“We had great input across campus when looking to select our new theme,” said Kelsey Maki, an assistant professor in the English Department and faculty liaison to the International Education Center. “Issues such as climate change, rising sea levels, extreme weather events, global migration and environmental racism all fall under the umbrella of our selected theme, as do discussions about sustainability and the steps we can take to mitigate this global crisis that is growing more severe by the minute,” said Maki.

One World: Environmental Issues Kick-Off Event takes place on Thursday, September 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Student Life Center. Attendees can learn how Brookdalians are doing their part to safeguard the environment.

“I am deeply appreciative of the work that Phi Theta Kappa, the Biology Department and Biology Club are doing to raise awareness about environmental issues and demonstrate how we can make a difference,” said Maki. The Visiting Writers Series organized by Professor Suzanne Parker will bring writers to campus whose works focus on environmental issues.