VMN CE Webinar: Diversity Inclusion in Environmental Education
From Michelle Prysby
This webinar is part of the Virginia Master Naturalist Continuing Education webinar series.
Description: The United States prides itself as a melting pot and with the current overall demographic shifting, we are seeing more non-native English speaking students engage in both the traditional and outdoor classrooms. However, various stereotypes and misconceptions tend to follow this multicultural student, and it is our job as educators to evolve to meet the needs of all of our students. Whether you are interacting with non-native English speakers during a school presentation or offering educational programs in a nature center, this webinar focuses on various techniques you can utilize to better connect with your audience. And no, you do not need to learn a second language!
Presenter: Mariya Hudick is an Education Coordinator with Tri-County/City Soil & Water Conservation District. Her primary focus is to educate the local community on soil and water conservation efforts. For the last three years, Mariya worked for the Department of Conservation & Recreation as a Park Ranger where she provided meaningful environmental education opportunities for the general public. Mariya is originally from Russia and immigrated with her family in the early 2000s. As a former ESL student, Mariya has utilized her experiences to better connect with other non-native English speakers in the hopes of inspiring future stewards. She has been conducting research on the multicultural student in environmental education and has partnered with various Master Naturalists to collect and interpret data on the subject for the last two years. Learn more about Mariya's work.