Indigenous Resilience Center Launched at the University of Arizona

The University of Arizona will leverage traditional STEM education to partner with local indigenous tribes to find and implement culturally appropriate solutions to the challenges of climate change and other environmental risks.

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By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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The University of Arizona recently announced the creation of an Indigenous Resilience Center.

According to an article by Kyle Mittan, the Indigenous Resilience Center "will be a partnership between Native nations and the university's Arizona Institutes for Resilience, Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice and multiple faculty members and academic programs that focus on supporting the resilience of Native and Indigenous communities." Karletta Chief, a professor of environmental science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will serve as the center's director. 

"The center's faculty members will lead research projects and design courses that blend traditional STEM education with topics such as Native and Indigenous knowledge, tribal consultation, research ethics, natural resource management, tribal environmental health and more," adds Mittan.

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