Widener University Symposium 2020:

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Integrating Sustainability and Global Engagement in the Curriculum

Dates: January 8-12, 2020

Location: San Pedro de Poás, Alajuela, Costa Rica (CARES21)

Deadline for Abstract Submission: October 31, 2019

Coordinators: Stephen R. Madigosky, Professor & Chair of Environmental Science, & Beatriz Urraca, Professor of Spanish and Chair of Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies

Please submit queries and proposals of up to 250 words to: burraca@widener.edu


CARES21 (Consortium for Agro-Ecological Research and Education in Sustainability in the 21st Century) is an initiative of Widener University that is committed to all three dimensions of sustainability: environmental, economic, and social. Our goals are to promote multi- and interdisciplinary research and curriculum development initiatives that advance global sustainability and sustainability education. The CARES21 property is located near the San Jose International airport and accommodates visitors in shared bedrooms with shared baths.


The symposium will include brief (up to 15 minutes) structured presentations, workshops, and local site visits. We invite individual or small team proposals (up to three people) that touch on topics including but not limited to those on the list below. Limit: 16 participants.


Costs: $499.00. All Costs included, transportation airport pick up to drop off, all site visits, dinner on January 8th and breakfast on January 12th plus all meals during the symposium, plus accommodations. Airfare is not included. 


Topics of Interest:

  • Sustainable development in Costa Rica and Latin America

  • Integrating service learning & sustainability

  • Engaging students in solving real world problems

  • Employing high-impact practices in short-term study abroad programs

  • Social justice and the environment

  • Sustainable agriculture

  • Local initiatives with global impact

  • Engaging multidisciplinary faculty and administrators in creating unique opportunities for students

  • Exploring biodiversity resources for educational purposes

  • STEAM initiatives, curriculum development, and study abroad

  • Developing students’ intercultural competence

  • Gender and the environment

See news about past Symposium: http://www.widener.edu/news-events/whatsup/vol12/issue9/default.aspx

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