The INVST Program's Summer Learning Experiences are life-changing.
Our Climate Justice Summer offers students a unique opportunity to travel together for a month and learn first-hand about eco-social justice.
The Climate Justice Summer begins with a wilderness adventure in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, where students develop a connection with the natural world. From there, students go to Paonia, Colorado with INVST grad Jeff Schwartz who owns Big B's and Delicious Orchards. Jeff makes organic juice and cider. Students learn and serve at Thistle Whistle, an organic farm, milking goats and learning how stewards of the land cultivate herbs and vegetables. They also hear the industry perspective on energy production, visiting the West Elk Coal Mine, and they hear about the economic benefits of extraction for rural communities. INVST students have the opportunity to go under the surface and tour a coal mine.
Exploring energy issues contextualizes their visit to the Diné (or Navajo) Nation in Northeastern Arizona. On the Diné reservation, INVST students learn about the social and environmental impacts of the coal mining industry on indigenous people and places. In Piñon, AZ, they volunteer with the Black Mesa Water Coalitiion, a youth-led grassroots organization. INVST has been collaborating with BMWC for several years, building projects together and deepening a friendship. In Northern New Mexico, students stay at Casa Taos, a retreat center for activists, and they meet INVST co-founder and ecofeminist Gaia Mika, while experiencing first-hand some more sustainable ways of living and working the earth. They also learn about water conservation and acequias, volunteering in greenhouses and along river banks and they are hosted by Daniél Escalante, who provides workshops on Diversity and Equity.
Finally, the month ends in Colorado’s capitol city, where INVST students have the opportunity to engage elected political officials including State Senator Steve Fenberg. Previous years have included visits to Joe Salazar, Michael Bennet, Alice Madden and Edie Hooton. INVST students speak with coal industry lobbysists, as well as Colorado's sustainability leaders. Throughout the month, the INVST students consider how energy and the US economy interact. Students look for innovative solutions to complex eco-social problems.
The Climate Justice Summer with INVST is an unforgettable learning journey.
2020 Climate Justice Summer Dates Available Here: https://www.colorado.edu/invst/calendar
More information about our partnership with Black Mesa Water Coalition can be found here: https://www.colorado.edu/invst/resources/uniting-social-and-environmenta...
On the Economic Justice Summer, students have the opportunity to learn about immigration, the sanctuary movement, labor justice, and economic justice.
Our Economic Justice Summer curriculum affords INVST students the chance to learn about the most pressing problems and solutions facing us as a global community: human migration, push - pull across borders, and economic justice. We will travel in vehicles to Chicago, Illinois where we will stay with homestay families and partner with the Mexico Solidarity Network Centro Autónomo in Albany Park . This component of the journey focuses on community building, political consciousness, and uniting people in and around the Latino immigrant struggle. Then we will go on to Detroit, Michigan to visit with INVST's long-time friends at the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, as well as allied organizations working on economic justice, with a focus on race and class. Who is creating jobs in the US? Who are those jobs for? And in which sectors of our economy do newcomers to the United States find work? Finally, the Economic Justice Summer will end in Denver where students will learn about recent immigrants to the US, Know Your Rights programs, and a private facility that detains individuals who are awaiting deportation hearings. We will also meet with churches in Denver and Boulder that are providing sanctuary, and with organizations that are calling for immigration reform and justice for undocumented Coloradoans. Finally, we will meet with legislators who will share their political approaches to leadership on these issues. This will be a memorable and significant summer learning journey focused on racial justice and social and economic justice.
INVST has been offering summer travel for 29 years and we change our curriculum frequently, in order to make sure we are exposing our learners to the most pressing current issues. To hear a conversation about this journey, listen to our podcast.
2020 Economic Justice Summer Dates Available Here: https://www.colorado.edu/invst/calendar