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Webinar Series:
Culturally Inclusive Teaching in the Garden

About the Webinar Series

By their nature, gardens embody diversity. Garden education is increasingly recognized as an interdisciplinary approach that integrates academic goals, health and wellness, place-based education, and community connections and relationships. However, discussion of culture is often missing in garden-based education. To validate and celebrate the interests and experiences of our students, we will delve deep into the significance of culture as it relates to food and gardens and also as it relates to the diverse populations with whom we work.

Join us as we explore ways to celebrate and center culture through garden-based learning.

This series is made possible by a sponsorship from the Clif Family Foundation and contributions from folks like you.

Teens in the garden, wearing masks and posing near plants

Part 1: Principles of Culturally-Responsive Garden Education: Honoring Diversity Inclusion

By their nature, gardens embody diversity. Garden education is increasingly recognized as an interdisciplinary approach that integrates academic goals, health and wellness, place-based education, and community connections and relationships. However, discussion of culture is often missing in garden-based education. To share and validate the interests of our culturally diverse students, we will delve deep into the significance of culture as it relates to food and gardens and also as it relates to the diverse populations with whom we work. Through student voices and examples, Dilafruz Williams and Sheila Williams Ridge will share the principles of culturally responsive garden education that honors diversity and inclusion.

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Presenters

Dilafruz Williams, PhD.

Born in Mumbai, India, Dr. Williams, is Professor Emerita of Leadership for Sustainability at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and supports educational gardens across the country. With dozens of partners, she has designed, co-founded, and supported several cutting-edge initiatives.

A prolific scholar, Dr. Williams has authored over 70 chapters, journal articles, and curriculum resource guides and has given close to 200 invited lectures, symposia, and conference papers. Her research has focused extensively on garden-based education and environmental education. Her co-authored book, Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education: Bringing Life to Schools and Schools to Life (Routledge, 2012), presents a practical model of student engagement with gardens that serve as milieus for learning.

Recipient of several awards, Dr. Williams has given workshops and keynote addresses in Australia, Austria, Canada, India, Nepal, New Zealand, Seoul-Korea, South Africa, and the United States. She was elected city-wide to the Portland School Board, 2003-2011. She has graduate degrees from Bombay, Syracuse, and Harvard Universities in the sciences, public administration, and education. She is passionate about gardens and their life-sustaining offerings.

Sheila Williams Ridge

Sheila Williams Ridge is Co-Director of the Child Development Laboratory School at the University of Minnesota. She holds a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University and a bachelor's degree in Biology from University of Minnesota, Morris, as well as experience as a business manager and preschool teacher/naturalist. Sheila is a facilitator for the NAEYC Young Children and Nature Interest Forum, on the Voices and Choices coalition, a board member for the Minneapolis Nature Preschool, a board member for Monarch Joint Venture, a board member for Dodge Nature Center, a school board member for Saint Paul City Schools, and a member of the Natural Start Alliance Leadership Team. She is co-author of the book, Nature-Based Learning for Young Children: Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Budget, published by Redleaf Press, and is passionate about encouraging nature-based play and the lasting developmental benefits of a relationship between children and nature.

Part 2: Honoring Native American, Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Culture in Youth Gardens

Date: February 22, 2023

Time: 4pm PT, 7pm ET

Cost: By donation, $10 recommended

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Presenters

Judy BlueHorse Skelton - (Nez Perce/Cherokee) Assistant Professor in the Indigenous Nations Studies Program at Portland State University, herbalist, and author.
 
Meda Dewitt - Lingít traditional healer, ethno-herbalist and educator.
 
Hōkūao Pellegrino - Sustainability & ʻĀina-Based Learning Designer & Facilitator at Kamehameha Schools Maui and kalo farmer.
 
Alexis Kageyama - ‘Āina and Sustainability Engagement Instructor Kamehameha Schools Maui.
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Part 3: Celebrating African American and Black Culture in Youth Gardens

This session will take place in March 2023. More information coming soon!

Part 4: Fostering Hispanic, Latinx and Spanish Origin Culture in Youth Gardens

This session will take place in April 2023. More information coming soon!

Part 5: Nurturing Middle Eastern and North African Culture in Youth Gardens

This session will take place in May 2023. More information coming soon!

Part 6: Featuring Asian and Asian American Culture in Youth Gardens

This session will take place in June 2022. More information coming soon!

Webinar Series Schedule

 

February: Honoring Native American, Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Culture in Youth Gardens
March: Celebrating African American and Black Culture in Youth Gardens
April: Fostering Hispanic, Latinx and Spanish Origin Culture in Youth Gardens
May: Nurturing Middle Eastern and North African Culture in Youth Gardens
June: Featuring Asian and Asian American Culture in Youth Gardens

Part 2: Honoring Native American, Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Culture in Youth Gardens

Date: February 22, 2023

Time: 7pm Eastern, 4pm Pacific

Cost: By donation, $10 recommended

Part 1: Principles of Culturally-Responsive Garden Education

Through student voices and examples, Dr. Dilafruz Williams and Sheila Williams Ridge will share the principles of culturally responsive garden education that honors diversity and inclusion.

Cost: By donation, $10 recommended

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