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Miami Dade College’s Earth Ethics Institute Awarded NSCE Grant to Fund Sustainability & SENCER Challenge


Miami, March 6, 2014 -

This spring, Miami Dade College's (MDC) Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) will hold the Earth Ethics Institute Sustainability & SENCER Challenge for faculty. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE), SENCER is an exciting civic engagement-based approach to teaching STEM courses. The nine faculty members selected to take part in the challenge will be awarded an implementation award to support “SENCER-izing” one of their fall 2014 classes.

The EEI, a college-wide academic initiative addressing global citizenship and sustainability, has been leading the way in introducing and establishing SENCER at the College. Last year, the NCSCE awarded MDC a scholarship through which faculty were able to attend SENCER’s Summer Institute, in an effort to incorporate SENCER’s ideals in EEI's Global Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) learning network. EEI has been developing college training & professional development workshops in partnership with MDC’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (iCED), to introduce the SENCER approach as well as experiential/active learning and civic engagement strategies to MDC faculty.  

MDC faculty interested in participating in the Sustainability & SENCER Challengeshould attend one of EEI’s SENCER-related workshops. The next workshop is scheduled for March 21 at the InterAmerican Campusand will include a dialogue with SENCER founder and NCSCE Executive Director Wm. David Burns, as well as community partners offering citizen science/civic engagement opportunities. Requirements for the challenge include committing to follow the SENCER approach in a fall 2014 class (for at least one module, though an entire semester would be preferred), incorporating the Sustainability/Earth Literacy theme as the classes’ civic engagement, and utilizing the SENCER assessment tools and participating in SENCER’s assessment/dissemination efforts.  

Interested parties may apply by completing the online application found at or by contacting Mike Matthews at  The deadline to apply is May 16, 5 p.m.  

For more information on Earth Ethics Institute’s Sustainability & SENCER Challenge, please contact Mike Matthews at (305) 237-6733 or   To learn more about SENCER, please visit For more on Earth Ethics Institute and the GSELS learning network, please visit

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