In January 2015, the UCI Sustainability Initiative hosted the first retreat and training for students enrolled in the Global Sustainability Minor. The training took place at the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center in Borrego Springs, California.
The retreat was the first in a series of training opportunities piloted through an innovative partnership between the Global Sustainability Resource Center and SERES, an international youth sustainability leadership training program. The partnership allows youth leaders from Central America and southern California to learn from each other, build substantive knowledge in sustainability and climate justice, and gain transformational leadership and community action planning skills.
Twenty-six students participated in the wait list-only training from diverse academic disciplines including Earth Systems Science, Environmental Science, Urban Planning, Civil Engineering, Public Health, Anthropology, Arts and Humanities. Faculty members who teach in the Global Sustainability Minor joined Sustainability Initiative staff and the facilitation team from SERES to offer the training.
“The retreat had many incredible discussions
and structures that opened my eyes as a global citizen.
I really don’t want to imagine