Sandbox Webinar Series


This sandbox webinar series is designed for Sustainable Food Systems educators to provide professional development opportunities to gain, enhance, and share knowledge and skills regarding Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) and Online Teaching.


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Next Webinar

Get more information about the next webinar on October 22nd, 2020


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Webinar Recordings




The Sharing of Indigenous Knowledge Through Academic Means by Implementing Self-Reflection and Story

Speaker: Sweeney Windchief, Associate Professor, Department of Education, Montana State University

 September 17, 2020

This webinar focuses on Indigenous methodologies and knowledge transmission in order to reflect on cultural nuances and cultural complexity. Professor Sweeney shares strategies on implementing self-reflection and story as ways to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion in our classrooms and programs. We engage in discussion on cultural protocol and positionality with examples from tribal and rural contexts.




Recommended Readings:
Archibald, J. Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit (UBC Press, 2008)
Bernal, D. (2016). Cultural intuition: Then, now, and into the future. Center for Critical Race Studies Research Briefs, 1, 1-4.
Meyer, M. A. (2013). Holographic epistemology: Native common sense. China Media Research, 9(2), 94-101
Tuhiwai Smith, L. Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (Zed Books, 2nd edition, 2012)
Wilson, S. Research Is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods (Fernwood Publishing Co., Ltd., 2009)
Windchief, S; San Pedro, T. Applying Indigenous Research Methods: Storying with Peoples and Communities (Taylor & Francis, 2019)
Windchief, S. (2020). Holographic Epistemology (Indigenous Common Sense): A Nakòna Example. Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Research Methodologies: Local Solutions and Global Opportunities, 50.
Associated Student Assignment:
Self-location / Positionality paper
Contributed by Professor Sweeney Windchief
 "Students will locate themselves in their own identified research projects and discuss their own histories, motivations and methods in applying Indigenous methodologies in research. Students are expected to discuss the context and how decolonization/resurgence can be applied to the research process." 





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Developing an Equity Competency in Sustainable Food Systems Education: Exploring a New Model and Sharing Teaching Activities

Speakers: Will Valley (University of British Columbia), Sharon Akabas (Columbia University), Pamella Koch (Columbia University), Joanne Burke (University of New Hampshire), Nicole Tichenor Blackstone (Tufts University)

 October 9th, 2020

In this webinar, the speakers present their reseach on the extent to which Sustainable Food Systems Education in the USA and Canada address equity. They discuss their proposed equity competency model and provide examples of activities from their teaching practices that support the development of future professionals capable of dismantling inequity in the food system.






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Diversiform Storytelling: An Indigenous Pedagogical Model That Invites Diverse Voices Into Learning

Speaker: Dr. Wren Walker Robbins, Director, Secondary Science Education Program, Salish Kootenai College

 October 22nd, 2020

Indigenous knowledge is grounded in the landforms and ecologies of the places that give it substance and in the relationships that people develop with those places. Diversiform storytelling is an Indigenous pedagogy that sustains and perpetuates that knowledge by ensuring the inclusivity of the diverse voices that transmit it. In this interactive webinar, attendees participated in a storytelling session and then used the experience to build awareness of Diversiform storytelling and its application to sustain and perpetuate diverse voices and identities in your work as an educator.






Contact Us

Montana State University
P.O. Box 1234
Bozeman, MT 59717-1234
Principal Investigator
Selena Ahmed


Outreach Coordinator
Selena Gerace