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                                             Earth Charter 2020: The intersection of sustainability and social justice

The Earth Charter is an international declaration that provides shared values for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society. It is based in four guiding principles: Respect and Care for the Community of LifeEcological IntegritySocial and Economic Justice, and Democracy, Nonviolence, and Peace. UW Oshkosh became a signatory of the Earth Charter in 2001, and each year we celebrate our commitment to its values with series of events.

At SIRT we think it is especially important to reassert our commitment to the Earth Charter at this time. We face significant challenges as a university community, as a nation, and as individuals, and we are reminded daily of the links between environmental issues, social and economic injustice, and health and well-being. The Earth Charter Community Summit can remind us of what we stand for, the common values we hold as UW Oshkosh community members, and why we keep working together to make this world a better place in the face of such challenges. We hope you will enjoy the menu of events we have put together in that spirit.                  

    Watch UW-Oshkosh’s Earth Charter Preamble


InterTribal Student Council Land Acknowledgement:

Earth Charter Keynote Speaker: J. Drew Lanham


Earth Charter Calendar of Events


Tuesday, October 6
Earth Charter Kickoff and Keynote: J. Drew Lanham, “Forever Gone”
4:30 – 6:00 PM​

A native of Edgefield, South Carolina, J. Drew Lanham is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, which received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize, and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. He is a birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist who has published essays and poetry in publications including Orion, Audubon, Flycatcher, and Wilderness, and in several anthologies, including The Colors of NatureState of the HeartBartram’s Living Legacy, and Carolina Writers at Home. An Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University, he and his family live in the Upstate of South Carolina, a soaring hawk’s downhill glide from the southern Appalachian escarpment that the Cherokee once called the Blue Wall.

Cosponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Global Religions, and Cultures 

If you would like to get a sense of Dr. Lanham’s work before the keynote or prepare your students for his talk, please check out his essay, “Forever Gone,” in Orion Magazine.

Thursday, October 8

Go Green for Menstrual Hygiene
5:00 – 6:00 PM

Do you menstruate? Would you like to learn more about environmental and financially sustainable solutions to menstrual hygiene management?

Participants learn about different sustainable menstrual hygiene products and their environmental impacts. Thanks to initial funding from the Green Fund and ongoing funding from the Women’s Advocacy Council, student participants who menstruate will leave with a sustainable menstrual hygiene kit to promote the adoption of sustainable menstrual management. If you are interested in attending a Go Green for Menstrual Hygiene workshop please contact

Hosted by Women’s Advocacy Council

Monday, October 12: Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Please join us for a number of events organized by the UW Oshkosh InterTribal Student Council to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Indigenous Peoples’ Day was recognized as an official state holiday in Wisconsin in 2019. It honors and commemorates the history and cultures of Indigenous communities and the crucial contributions they make to our state. If you have any questions regarding these events or future events put on by ITSC please contact their advisor, Dr. Heidi J Nicholls

What Lies Ahead: An Elder’s Message of Healing
Dennis Kenote
Join the InterTribal Student Council (ITSC) as we welcome elder Dennis Kenote to our virtual UWO campus for the celebration and honoring of Indigenous People’s Day. Mr. Kenote will offer the opening prayer for the day’s events, followed by a message of healing and conclude by opening the “floor” for questions and answers.

Dennis Kenote is a Menominee tribal veteran and elder. Mr. Kenote served as the chairman of the Menominee Language and Culture Commission (MLCC) which was established to provide and promote the revitalization of Menominee language, history, traditions, culture and learning opportunities for Menominee children and families. Currently Mr. Kenote is a MLCC member and language teacher, in addition to serving as a ceremonial and cultural advisor.

Sponsored by the InterTribal Student Council (ITSC)

Reawakening the Spirit Within
Daniel “Heathen” Bejar
12:00 – 1:30 PM
ITSC is extremely pleased to welcome Daniel Bejar to our virtual UWO campus to speak to us about healing, spiritually. Focusing on the state of cultural and social health of our country, he will explore the behaviors that have been modeled to us, the cycle we perpetuate and focus on the HOW component of “how we can heal”.

Daniel Bejar is a Mescalero Apache elder living in Glendale, AZ. He is a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. As a Sundance leader he follows Traditional ways of believing. Daniel is a strong advocate of combining traditional American Indian healing practices with conventional Western medicine. Professionally, he has been a Traditional Practitioner and clinical therapist for 36 years. He was a Traditional Practitioner and spiritual advisor at Department of Veteran Affairs and provided leadership development at Levi Strauss and Volkswagen, speaking about spirituality in the workplace.

Daniel has been in recovery for 36 years.
Sponsored by the InterTribal Student Council (ITSC)

The Intersection of Indigenous Wellness Practices within Mainstream Therapies and Treatments
Drew Lacefield, MS, LPC, NCC
One RBN Wellness
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Education, empowerment, collective culture, and connectedness allow healing from inter-generational trauma. This session seeks to explore healing, wellness and balance in Indigenous and Western cultures. There will be discussion on brain and body science, as well as the positive impact of indigenous wellness practices. Participants can expect to walk away with a deeper understanding of modern practices as a complement to ancestral knowledge and ways.

Drew Lacefield is a licensed professional counselor. She is a former educator turned clinician, whose experiences encompass working within indigenous and diverse populations of all ages. Drew has a bachelor degree in education from UW-Milwaukee and a master degree in professional counseling from Concordia University with a certificate in substance abuse counseling. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in behavioral health leadership at Walden University and is currently a manager and clinician for Menominee County’s Behavioral Health Unit. Drew recently opened a nonprofit organization, One RBN Wellness. She seeks to improve mental health outcomes for indigenous populations through her RBN concept… Relate, Build, Nurture. Drew integrates attachment theory with indigenous knowledge to inform her practice, interactions, and teaching.


ITSC’s Livestream Show: “Let’s Unpack That”
ITSC Members and Special Guest Nicholas Metoxen
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Link to Page
Join the Inter-Tribal Student Council Facebook roundtables where ITSC members will “unpack” various topics every month and often with special guests! This inaugural roundtable will be centered on healing. They will reflect on the presenters of the day, their own experiences, and share their opinions, insights, and ideas! You can watch live and interact with the roundtable or visit at a time that suits you.

All Relations Are Invited!
Sponsored by the InterTribal Student Council (ITSC)

Tuesday, October 13

Red Bull Basement Live
5:00 – 6:00 PM

Red Bull Basement is a global call to action empowering students to develop bold new ideas and implement tech solutions that will make a meaningful impact on their campus and the world. Featuring UWO’s Brad Spanbauer and Misty McPhee.

Taking Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
6:00 – 7:30 PM
In July 2020, Attorney General Josh Kaul announced the creation of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force. This announcement was the result of consistent advocacy from activists, service providers, and legislators throughout the state. Join this panel to learn more about the missing and murdered Indigenous women epidemic and action you can take to end violence against Indigenous women and girls.

Panelists include:
-Dr. Renee Gralewicz, Peacemaker of the Brothertown Indian Nation and Retired Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies at UW Oshkosh Fox Cities.
-Dr. Heidi Nicholls, Guest Lecturer of Cultural Anthropology at UW Oshkosh, Adviser of the Inter-Tribal Student Council and Co-Adviser of the Sisterhood
-Elashia Rosado-Cartagena, Co-President of the Inter-Tribal Student Council at UW Oshkosh

Co-sponsored with the Women’s Center. Part of Red Zone Programming

Wednesday, October 14

Panel: Activism at the intersection of environment and social justice
5:30 – 6:30 PM

A panel of young activists will discuss the necessity and challenges of working at the intersection of environment, climate, race, and social justice. Panelists include Katie Eder, co-founder and executive director of Future Coalition, a national network that fosters community and collaboration among youth leaders and youth-led organizations; Dany Sigwalt, co-executive director of Power Shift Network, which mobilizes the collective power of young people to mitigate climate change and create a just, clean energy future and resilient, thriving communities for all; and Zanagee Artis, co-founder and policy director of Zero Hour, a youth-led movement creating entry points, training, and resources for new young activists and organizers.


Empowering the Conversation: Small Farmers, Big Change
7:00 PM
Join us virtually to celebrate Fair Trade Month and Global Climate Change Week.
For thirty-four years Equal Exchange has been working to build alternative models that connect small farmers and small-farmer cooperatives to consumers. We strive to create a food system that benefits farmers, workers, and consumers and are always asking ourselves the question of who are the people behind our food? Please join us for a virtual conversation around the intersection between sustainability, authentic Fair Trade, and ways to get involved in the community of Fond du Lac and at Equal Exchange.

Virtual Fair Trade event with Equal Exchange; hosted by Sustain Fond du Lac

Thursday, October 15
Wisconsin’s Green Fire presents “A Voice for Science” by Bob Martini and Dolly Ledin
5:00 PM

Link to Recording
Call in: +1-571-392-7650 PIN: 397 226 2297
State leaders and policy makers need accurate information on which to base their decisions.  Science often gets lost in partisan politics and the influence of special interests.  Wisconsin’s Green Fire works to promote science-based management of natural resources in Wisconsin.  Our members include hundreds of environmental professionals with expertise in science, policy, law and education.  We analyze issues and communicate with citizens and decision makers.  We want to learn about the interests and work of young people – the next generation of natural resource professionals and citizens – and help to elevate your voices and work with you to make sure decisions that affect your future are based on sound science. This will be an interactive session.  We will describe our mission and our work, but also want to hear about your work and your ideas!

Tuesday, October 20
UW Fossil Fuels Divestment 101
4:30-6:00 pm
What is divestment? How is it related to the climate crisis? Come learn about the UW Divestment Coalition, which consists of students from across the UW campuses, and their goal of getting our campuses to stop investing in fossil fuels. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with UW Divestment Coalition student leaders.

Thursday, October 22
Plastic Pollution: Problems and Solutions
4:30-6:00 pm
Link to Recording
Plastic pollution is a global environmental problem. The recent pandemic has led to an increase in many single-use plastic items, which further exacerbates the pollution problem for humans to deal with for many generations to come. In this session we will hear from three experts who will address the problem through the lens of consumer behavior, current research and development, as well as from our local recycling center.

Wednesday, October 28
Earth Charter Grand Finale: Dolores Huerta, Founder and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation
6:00-7:30 pm
Link to Recording
Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as Vice President and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development. She has received numerous awards: among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

Cosponsored by the Green Fund, Social Justice Minor Program, Social Justice Club, and Student Organization of Latinos