About the Study
Priority Deadline April 10th
The purpose of this study is to explore the ways in which our CourageRISE curriculum supports participants’ psycho-social health and sustaining their climate-related engagement.
A secondary aim is to explore ways in which this intersectional social justice curriculum helps climate activists understand the concepts of environmental justice—that is, how ecological hazards and climate disasters have the harshest impacts on people of color, native tribes and those on low incomes—and the ways in which climate change and white supremacy are interconnected.
Program participants will be guided through a journey following the CourageRISE model. Our approach, which leverages somatic, trauma-informed, relational and restorative practice, is designed to do both. Captured by the acronym CourageRISE, our five-module curriculum begins with a contemplative-based, relational compassion module (Courage) designed to help participants shift from a worldview based on separation and dualism–which underlies many of today’s crises–to an ecological systems view based on interconnections.
Following this relational grounding in our first Courage module, we offer four additional modules that help participants RISE:
- (R)eveal truths;
- (I)nvest in healing;
- (S)sense alternatives; and
- (E)ngage ethically and responsively in community.
The course will be facilitated by a multi-racial team and we are committed to ensuring that cohorts are racially diverse as well.