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15th Annual Summit on Transforming Learning Schedule

The 2020 Summit on Transforming Learning will be held on Friday, February 21st, 2020. 

9:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Welcome & Panel Discussion

Environmental Justice: Central Florida and Beyond
Description: This panel will focus on incorporating social justice and sustainability into teaching methods and sharing best practices. Topics will include intersections of climate justice, climate change, water, clean air, affordable and clean energy, vulnerable communities, and sustainable cities. 

Welcome by Dr. Leslie Poole (Environmental Studies) and Dr. Rachel Newcomb (Anthropology), Dr. Nolan Kline (Anthropology), Professor Josephine Balzac (Social Entrepreneurship

  • Carlos Torrealba - Climate Justice Organizer, Central Florida Jobs with Justice
  • Chevalier (Chev) Lovet - Senior VP & Managing Director, Organize Florida 
  • Jeannie Economos - Coordinator, Pesticide Safety & Environmental Health Project, Farmworker Association of Florida
  • Lawanna Gelzer - Owner, LG & Associates
  • Lee Perry - Chief Operating Officer at IDEAS for US 
  • Dr. Robert Bullard - Professor, Texas Southern University

Location: Rice Pavilion

11:30 - 12:00 p.m.- Scrolls

Holly Jefferies

Rollins College MLS ’18, BA ’14

Holly Jefferies’ passion for art and literature, along with her experience with interracial marriage, cultivated the body of work she creates today. Her work examines and addresses the complex issues of race, discrimination, and how the interracial union presents unsaid difficulties about being human in a racial society which is often more about race than about being human. Holly’s work includes experimental creative writing and the process of reimagining historic narratives into a new contemporary version of history.  She uses language, and the absence of language, to retell controversial narratives to prompt conversation and change.  Holly’s work not only aims to reimagine the narrative, but also invites her viewer to do the same. 

Reimagining the Narrative: Environmental Justice

  1. 2019, ink, thread, wood, and buttons on quilted fabric

Holly Jefferies’ body of work includes contemporary art and writing that examines the controversial issues of race and discrimination.  This collection explores the narratives of environmental justice and injustice. Through experimental techniques of extraction, erasure, and stream of consciousness, Jefferies employs the use of language––and the absence of language––to reimagine historical narratives so that a new contemporary version of history can be told.  Within the new narrative, the voice of the artist, along with the silenced voices in history, can be seen through a new lens. 


12:00 - 12:50 p.m. - Luncheon

Description: Networking and dialogue opportunity on the United Nations Sustainability Goals for students, staff, faculty, and community partners. 
Location: Galloway Room, Kathleen W. Rollins Hall

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. - Summit Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions 1

2:00 - 2:45 p.m. - Summit Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions 2