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JSIS 495A Task Force – Patrick Christie: Transforming International Studies to Consider Environmental and Climate Justice

SAVING THE SALISH SEA: A FIGHT FOR TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY AND CLIMATE ACTION

Task Force

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Evaluator

Francesca Hillery

Member of Round Valley Tribes, Public Affairs and Communications Specialist, Frogfoot Communications, LLC

Faculty Adviser

Patrick Christie

Patrick Christie

Professor

Task Force students will critically and reflectively analyze their chosen field, program, and profession in international studies. They will consider whether the field of international studies and the Jackson School adequately considers climate change, environmental justice, Indigenous rights, and racial justice as educational priorities. The historic and ongoing reasons behind any inadequacies will be critically analyzed. Students will make recommendations for how to realistically transform the Jackson School’s international studies educational programs. While the specific topic may evolve, a likely starting point will be assessing how the history of local Indigenous people, treaty-based tribal rights, and links between tribal rights and Puget Sound and our local environment and climate justice are covered in the curriculum, and through linkages between the Jackson School students, leaders, and other relevant University of Washington departments. This Task Force is linked to a funded initiative involving Washington state’s Tulalip tribe and the University of Washington’s American Indian Studies and College of Environment programs and other relevant University of Washington departments.

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