Are you concerned about the global climate crisis

Do you want to learn more about its disproportionate impact across marginalized communities?  

Do you struggle with how to incorporate these topics into the courses you teach?

About the Symposium

Come join The POGIL Project at a Virtual symposium, June 13-15, 2022, dedicated to the topic of climate justice and how you can transform your classroom to address this timely and pressing issue.

This event is designed to help educators from all disciplines incorporate and address climate justice into their active-learning, action-oriented classrooms. 


What is Climate Justice?

Climate justice is both a movement and a way of approaching the global climate crisis that makes connections between climate change and social justice.

It recognizes that the adverse impacts of climate change are not equitable, and fall disproportionately on marginalized and underserved communities. With rising temperatures, human lives—particularly in people of color, low-income, and Indigenous communities—are affected by compromised health, financial burdens, and social and cultural disruptions.  Those who are most affected and have the fewest resources to adapt to climate change are also the least responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions—both globally and within the United States.

Climate justice belongs in every subject we teach, from humanities to business, economics, health sciences, and all areas of STEM. Join our incredible lineup of facilitators and speakers in a series of interactive virtual workshops designed to assist you in creating an active learning action plan that builds climate justice into your course.

Learn more about the Virtual Climate Justice Symposium


The Climate Justice Symposium will take place virtually (Zoom) June 13-15, 2022, between 1 PM and 5 PM Eastern Time. (On June 13, there will be an evening webinar at 7 PM.)

Registration is $247 

Check out the Symposium schedule to see what we have planned.

Our Podcast

Click to listen to our Podcast that will air February 8, featuring Symposium presenter Deb Morrison to learn about climate justice and what to expect from this event.

Symposium Application

Attendance at the Climate Justice Symposium is by application.  In addition to demographic information, we will be asking you to detail your goals for the symposium and to select an area of focus.

Applications are currently closed.

About the Symposium Application

Who Should Apply

We encourage applications from educators who wish to incorporate climate justice into their classrooms. We will accept applicants from from middle school through college. No previous experience using POGIL is required, however a stong commitment to active learning is preferred.

Symposium Application Timeline
  • January ~ The call for applications is sent out to our database of POGIL users and is also available on our website.
  • March 31 ~ Priority consideration deadline
  • April 15 ~ Applicants who applied by March 31 are notified of an acceptance decision.
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from April 1-May 15, or until the conference has reached maximum attendance.

Symposium Details and Focus

During the symposium, you will:
  • Learn about climate justice from experts in the field.
  • Explore how to integrate climate justice into your active-learning curriculum. 
  • Work in teams to design an assignment, lesson, activity, or module that weaves climate justice and civic engagement into one or more of your classes.*  

*Teams will be formed based on participant selection of one of 6 main topic areas (see table at right).  Each team will have a facilitator knowledgeable in POGIL pedagogy and also have access to a climate justice expert. Participants will share their context and experiences around the incorporation of climate justice ideas into their curriculum and use these shared experiences to work toward the development of a product for use in their classrooms. There is no set deliverable or timeline. The goals, work assignments, and product produced will be determined by the team. Teams will also have the opportunity to continue their work together after the symposium if desired.

We will focus on six topic areas:
  • Ocean acidification  
  • Heat and Drought  
  • Dynamics of Agricultural Shifts
  • Extreme weather  
  • Disease vectors  
  • Energy and Storage Alternatives

Symposium Presenters

The presenters for the Climate Justice Symposium include Deb L. Morrison, University of Washington; Heather Price, North Seattle College; and Sonya Remington-Doucette, Bellevue College.

We will also have POGIL practitioners/environmental specialists as session faciliators. They include Kate Aubrecht (Stony Brook University), Stephanie Erickson (The POGIL Project), Caryl Fish (St. Vincent College), Matt Fisher (St. Vincent College), Steve Gravelle (St. Vincent College), Stephen Prilliman (Oklahoma City University), Andri Smith (Quinnipiac University), Laura Trout (Lancaster Country Day School), Shannon Wachowski (The POGIL Project), and Zelda Ziegler (Central Oregon Community College).

Dr. Deb. L Morrison
Dr. Sonya Doucette
Dr. Heather Price

Deb L. Morrison works at the intersection of justice, climate science, and learning. She is a climate and anti-oppression activist, scientist, learning scientist, educator, mother, locally elected official, and many other things besides. Deb works in research-practice-policy partnerships from local community to international scales. She works to iteratively understand complex socio-ecological systems through design-based and action oriented research while at the same time seeking to improve human-environment relationships and sustainability. Dr. Morrison draws on an eclectic range of justice theory to inform her work in the world and to foster her continued journey for transformative liberation. She is a well-published author on diverse topics that intersect with climate justice learning and continues to foster collaborative writing partnerships across disciplines and communities that have historically been disconnected. Information about Dr. Morrison’s work can be found at

Sonya Doucette is a sustainability leader at Bellevue College, where she is Chair of the Sustainability Curriculum Committee and the Sustainability Concentration Coordinator. She is the author of Sustainable World: Approaches to Analyzing and Resolving Wicked Problems (2017), which is used by institutions at the cutting edge of sustainability in higher education Prior to BC, she was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. She has also conducted sustainability education research at ASU. Two of her manuscripts were highly commended as Outstanding Papers in the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Annual Awards for Excellence. From 2008 -10, she was a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the Program on the Environment at the University of Washington. She began her academic sustainability career in 2007 when she became active in the Curriculum for the Bioregion (C4B) initiative at Evergreen State College. C4B seeks to infuse sustainability into all curricula, in all disciplines, at institutions of higher education in Washington State. 

Heather Price earned her Ph.D. in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry studying the long-range transport and photochemistry of air pollution. Heather's postdoctoral atmospheric chemistry research was conducted with the Program on Climate Change at University of Washington, incorporating the isotopes of hydrogen into a global chemical transport model of the atmosphere. Dr. Price has developed a number of courses on climate change: for undergraduate students at UW, a summer program for high school students, continuing science education courses for elementary and 6-12 grade teachers. Her latest research and teaching focus is the development of short courses and workshops for faculty to help them incorporate climate justice with civic and/or community engagement into their existing STEM, arts, and humanities curriculum. Dr. Price is also on the leadership team of the Seattle 500 Women Scientists organization and is co-founder of the climate resources community hub,