Integrating and Scaffolding Green Chemistry & Engineering, Systems Thinking and the UN Sustainable Development Goals Through an Equitable and Inclusive Chemistry Curriculum

Organizers: Edward Brush, Department of Chemistry, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA; Grace Lasker, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Washington-Bothell, Bothell, WA; Jane E. Wissinger, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Cosponsors: CHED, CEI, D&I

The integration and scaffolding of Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Systems Thinking and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals into an equitable and inclusive undergraduate curriculum can inspire students to take ownership of their education, and graduate with the satisfaction that their classroom knowledge allows them to understand and contribute to solving big global problems. Green chemistry provides the technical and practical knowledge, Systems Thinking addresses the interconnectedness of local and global systems, and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals the appropriate context to identify, understand and propose solutions to big global challenges. Furthermore, it is now crystal clear that diversity, equity, inclusion and respect will be an integral part of this paradigm change in chemistry education. Besides providing essential content knowledge, chemistry students must be trained to recognize and appreciate how collaboration with others from a range of disciplines and with diverse perspectives and life experiences will help to identify, understand and effectively address the complex challenges facing the world in the 21st century.