Lesson Ideas: Equity as a Foundation for Sustainability
Equity Task Force Recommendations
You are a member of a cross-sector task force charged with establishing what determines equity in our metropolitan region and proposing a set of recommendations to remove barriers and improve opportunities for equity for all residents. Task Force membership includes the following sectors: early childhood, K-12 education, community college network, criminal justice, health and human services, urban planning, housing authority, transportation, food systems, and economic development.
As an expert on equity issues you have been invited to submit an op-ed piece in next week's newspaper on how race, place and income impact quality of life in our community.
Equity Literature Review
Research equity issues at five scales (city, county, region, nation, global) and develop an annotated list of links for use in multiple academic courses in our school.
Your team has been asked to facilitate a series of conversations on race, place and income among your peers to deepen a shared understanding of equity issues. Produce a list of guidelines for ensuring that these conversations are safe and productive for all participants.
Preschool or Prison?
Conduct a comparative analysis of the economics of supporting prisons versus early childhood education. Develop a set of policy recommendations to justify your analysis for the right investment.
Food Deserts in our Community
You have been asked by the City of Seattle to identify and convene a food system stakeholder group to develop a set of recommendations for eliminating food deserts by 2030. You will need to support your recommendations by clearly articulating systemic impacts and opportunities.
Long Range Planning - Analysis and Narrative
Compare and contrast the long range strategic plans of King County, Seattle, and Portland. Submit an analysis of how each plan integrates equity issues and use your analysis to project trends to the year 2050. Produce a compelling, succinct narrative description of daily life in 2050 based on achieving the equity strategies set forth in these plans.
STAR Community Rating System
Work with your team to understand the purpose and scope of the STAR Community Rating System. Download the free “Rating System Guidelines” and use the table of 7 goals and 44 objectives on page 15 to identify how many objectives can be meet with a comprehensive strategy to address equity issues in your city. http://www.starcommunities.org/rating-system/
STAR Community Rating System as a Historical Assessment Tool
As a follow up to the research task above, apply the STAR framework to a selection of cities or civilizations throughout time to determine why they succeeded or failed. How can the STAR Community Rating System be used as a tool to describe revolutions, failed states, mass refugee migrations? How much of a factor were equity issues?
Sustainability Infographic - Past, Present, Future
If sustainability can be visually defined by a triple Venn diagram integrating the systemic relationships between environment, economy and equity, develop a series of infographics that reveal global. national or local changes in the Venn diagram over the following timeline: 1850, 1950, current year, 2050.
Equity Map Analysis
As you study the King County equity maps at the link below, outline 2-3 actions that you think would have the greatest systemic impact on removing barriers and improving opportunities for equity for all residents. Visit map pages - http://www.sustainabilityambassadors.org/
Social Drivers and Case Studies
Examine case studies of real world equity initiatives or movements such as $15 minimum wage, affordable housing, school-to-prison pipeline, black lives matter, and develop an analysis of what works and who’s leading..
Infographic - Action Agenda in Our School
Download the King County “Building Equity Infographic” at the link below. Work with your team to develop a set of recommendations for student government, faculty, and administration on how your school can remove barriers and improve opportunities for equity at school and in the community. http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx
Spoken Word Response
Develop a spoken word response that clearly describes the problem and offers solutions for improving equity in our metropolitan region.
HALA in My Neighborhood
After reading the literature related to Seattle's Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, develop a 30-year plan that will guide development in your neighborhood that supports HALA recommended actions. Include a series of enhanced neighborhood maps beginning with a current base map from Google Earth.
Reducing Suspensions and Dropouts
As a school board member, one of your priorities this year is to reduce the number of suspensions and dropouts in your school district while enhancing diversity and inclusion in your school culture. What is your strategic plan and who are your crucial partners?
Expert Panel - Housing, Jobs, and Transportation
As a staff member in the urban planning department of your city, you have been asked to assemble experts and facilitate a town hall panel discussion exploring recommendations for improving equity at the nexus of Housing, Jobs, and Transportation.. Following the panel, submit your recommendations to your departmental colleagues.
Model United Nations
As your country's Ambassador to the United Nations you have been asked to prioritize three of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals outlined in the 2030 Agenda. You must develop a work plan for each and be prepared to meet with Ambassadors from other countries at the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
UN Sustainable Development Infographic
As a graphic design company specializing in infographics, you have been contracted by the United Nations Program on Sustainable Development to design an infographic that shows the proportional, systematic relationship between the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals outlined in the 2030 Agenda.