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School of Natural Resources Research Seminar Series

Black Environmentalists Matter: Culturally Relevant Approaches to Environmental Programming

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Chris Chizinski,
Presented by Tatiana Height, Program Director, Partners for Environmental Justice and Doctoral Candidate, Agricultural and Extension Education, North Carolina State University

For many years, scholars have commented on the whiteness of the environmental education sphere and the natural resources profession more broadly. However, many approaches to address this have focused on program availability more than cultural relevance. This talk will cover the ways in which this problem has surfaced in recent years and approaches that can be taken to address it.

Tatiana Height is a Chicago native and two-time Cornhusker alumna. Tatiana received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Great Plains Studies with minors in Environmental Studies, Community and Regional Planning, and Agribusiness Entrepreneurship. As an undergraduate student, Tatiana was a member of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program for 4 years. Tatiana later returned to pursue a Master of Community and Regional Planning degree focusing on community engagement and environmental justice (EJ). At the doctoral level, Tatiana has continued this work and more, at NC State University. Tatiana has also been an Integrated Water Management Planner for the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, a Community Development Planner for the City of Kinston, NC, and currently serves as the Program Director of Partners for Environmental Justice. Beyond this, Tatiana has several years of experience as an environmental educator and launched Height Environmental Justice & Planning in 2018 to provide public speaking, EJ, environmental education, and planning services to interested audiences.

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