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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About the Series

Learn more about the webinar series, our facilitator, contact info, etc.


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Next Webinar on January 27th

Get more information about the webinar with Dr. Julian Agyeman titled "Just Sustainabilities in Policy, Planning, and Practice"


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Find out times and dates of upcoming webinars and topics to be discussed


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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.






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Speaker: Dr. Lina Yamashita, Program Director, VIA

 November 5th, 2020

One way to invite students to engage with Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) issues in the food system is to use multicultural texts that highlight diverse, marginalized perspectives of food workers, many of whom are people of color, women, and/or undocumented. The objectives for this interactive webinar were: 1) to introduce a conceptual framework for fostering critical food literacy; 2) to model the process of teaching with multicultural texts about food workers, with virtual adaptations; and 3) to illustrate the need for instructors to be comfortable with discomfort and to be both reflective and reflexive as they engage in sustainable food systems education.




Syllabus for Dr. Lina Yamashit's Class:

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Speaker: Dr. Justin Shanks, Adjunct Professor of Information and Society, Montana State University
 November 19th, 2020


 Given the widespread changes related to the ongoing COVID-19 global public health pandemic, teaching and learning are increasingly utilizing digital technology. Considering the scope, scale, and speed of these various changes, it is critically important to emphasize contemplation when making decisions involving technology and education. This webinar introduceS the Contemplative Technopedagogy Framework and explores how the framework can help food systems educators make pedagogical decisions about digital technology with intent to effectively and holistically enrich teaching and learning. While clearly applicable to current educational environments, this framework and associated topics are also entirely relevant to teaching and learning in post-pandemic contexts.





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Mobilizing Critical Food Systems Education for Food Sovereignty: Insights from Brazil's Landless Workers' Movement

Speaker: David Meek, Assistant Professor, Department of Global Studies, University of Oregon
 December 1st, 2020

Agrarian social movements are at a crossroads. Although these movements have made significant strides in advancing the concept of food sovereignty, the reality is that many of their members remain engaged in environmentally degrading forms of agriculture, and the lands they farm are increasingly unproductive. Whether movement farmers will be able to remain living on the land, and dedicated to alternative agricultural practices, is a pressing question.

In this webinar, Dr. David Meek explores these questions through a discussion of his recent book The Political Ecology of Education (2020; West Virginia University Press, Radical Natures series). His presentation examines the opportunities for and constraints on advancing food sovereignty in the 17 de Abril settlement, a community born out of a massacre of landless Brazilian workers in 1996. Based on immersive fieldwork over the course of seven years, Meek makes the provocative argument that critical forms of food systems education are integral to agrarian social movements’ survival. While the need for critical approaches is especially immediate in the Amazon, Meek’s presentation speaks to the burgeoning attention to food systems education at various educational levels worldwide, from primary to postgraduate programs. His book calls us to rethink the politics of the possible within these pedagogies.






Contact Us

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


Outreach Coordinator
Selena Gerace