'The Power of Nature and Storytelling' explores intersectional environmentalism

Navigating higher education while juggling your mental health, having an active social life, taking classes, and potentially having a job is tough. The way we craft our own narratives and tell them as storytellers deeply informs our past, present, and future.

Jarre Hamilton will present "The Power of Nature and Storytelling" Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. in Academic West 204. The event will also be held on Zoom and by audio only at 360-209-5623 (Webinar ID: 960 1494 8328). 

In this talk, Hamilton will explore how knowing, recording, and sharing your own personal story can help you in your individual journey through college and beyond. The talk will also delve into the work that Intersectional Environmentalist does as an environmental justice education organization and intersectionality as a theory deeply rooted in the works of Kimberlé Crenshaw and the Combahee River Collective. An open Q+A with the class will follow after the talk.

Hamilton will also be a guest speaker on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at noon at a Black Student Coalition luncheon in the Multicultural Center Multiuse Room. "Radically Imagining Past Legacies and Futures" will highlight several pivotal moments in time where joy and radically imagining a better future for our community created effective change.

Hamilton is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley and currently oversees research development at IE. Jarre’s work as a certified interpretive guide, environmental educator, and scholar focuses on creating outdoor educational spaces to engage a wide range of public audiences in discussions on science communication and programming, cultural heritage, community engagement, and the environment.

Intersectional Environmentalist (IE) is a Black-founded and WOC-led environmental justice education and awareness organization founded in 2020, that has become a leading resource for content and programs that explore environment, culture and identity. IE seeks to shift environmental education, movements, and policy to center environmental justice and the importance of equity in institutional and educational spaces, to ensure a better and safer future for all people, especially those most impacted by the climate crisis.