Professional Development Opportunities

2019 International Youth Summit on Plastic Ocean Pollution Solutions

To support youth engagement in fighting marine litter, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) will offer a transportation stipend to three teams from Canada, Mexico and United States who are selected to participate in the 2019 International Youth Summit on Plastic Ocean Pollution Solutions.

The Summit is calling for teams of youths (between 11 and 18 years old) and their advisors to submit ideas for reducing plastic waste in their community. The teams with the best solutions will be selected to join the Summit on February 22–24, 2019, at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California, for an intensive training in leadership, public speaking, storytelling and more.

 Ideas submitted by youth from North America, especially the Salish Sea and Tijuana River areas, will be considered for a CEC stipend of up to C$5,000 to travel to and from the Summit. See the flyers attached (in English and Spanish) for more information.

 Teams have until November 2, 2018, to apply at

2019 Earth Expeditions graduate courses
Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2019 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world.

Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad

Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2019 cohorts are being accepted now for the AIP master's that includes place-based experiences at zoos in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego and Seattle. New for 2019: St. Louis-area residents can earn the AIP master's and study through the Missouri Botanical Garden, AIP's newest Master Institution and first dedicated botanical garden.

The Anatomy of Prejudice by Jane Elliott in Seattle
December 1, 2018 from 9am to 1pm
Location: the Seattle Center.
Tickets are available at at a sliding price range:  $25 - $89/person. Group discounts are available.

Gain valuable insights and tools designed to help eliminate racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and ethnocentrism

Ms. Elliott, an internationally known teacher and trainer and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, exposes prejudice and bigotry for what it is—an irrational class system based upon purely arbitrary factors. This same system permeated the founding of most of our institutions where we collectively work, live, and learn.

Speaking about racism in 1998, on a previous visit to Seattle, Ms. Elliott, said, “We need to realize that race isn’t the problem; racism is the problem.” She added we’re still conditioning people to the myth of white superiority.

“I wasn’t born a racist,” said Ms. Elliott, “there’s no gene for racism. There’s no gene for sexism or any other ism. These are things you have to be carefully taught.  I was taught how to be a racist.”  

Twenty years later, in 2018, the problems of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and ethnocentrism seem to be gaining new ground. We see divisive policies and events unfolding on our national and local stages. Yet, what is the part each person plays in this complex social fabric? How do we learn to see our part in the bias of unchecked –isms? How do we activate our potential to shift the ground—to that of respect and fairness?

Event Sponsor, The Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion (ISDI), aims to help people answer these and other questions by providing the community at large with this opportunity to convene, learn, and discuss the -isms driving our world today. Teachers, students, members of nonprofit, for-profit, and government organizations, diversity and inclusion practitioners, and all champions of change are invited to attend.

Jane Elliott will guide the audience in exploring the problems of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and ethnocentrism, using her provocative teaching approach along with the Peabody Award-winning film, “The Eye of the Storm.” All attendees will be encouraged to discuss the issues raised as they relate to their own workplace, family, and community. This experience also offers participants the opportunity to explore how their own personal attitudes were formed. Ms. Elliott will emphasize the responsibility shared by all of us for illuminating the many forms of prejudice in ourselves and our environment and eliminating them for the benefit of everyone.  

2019 MobilizeGreen Annual Conference and Diversity Career Fair

Date: March 28-29, 2019
Location: Washington, D.C

The theme of this year’s event is: Empowering Young Adults for Social Action: Mobilizing for Environmental Change.