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JEDI 101

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

in Environmental Education


About JEDI101

The Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance is partnering with the following southeast states to provide a regional course on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for environmental educators: Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Tennessee. If you are a resident of North Carolina or Georgia, you can take the course in your state. See state links for more information.

​This course is designed to provide a strong foundation in the language, concepts and principles of equity work. It is meant to be an introductory course and spark interest in further learning around justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. This course was developed through a partnership between the Center for Diversity and the Environment, EcoInclusive, Environmental Educators of North Carolina, Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, Kentucky Association for Environmental Education, and Youth Outside.

This is a hybrid course. Participants will complete course work on their own time with required weekly submissions in addition to attending required virtual meetings facilitated by Lighthouse Strategy Consulting. Please see the syllabus for details.

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Cost: $75 

Full and partial scholarships are available to AL, FL, KY, MS, and SC residents as well as member discounts. Space is limited.

Registration for the upcoming course closes on October 11, 2023.

Coursework will begin on October 16 and end on December 4.

Completing the registration form DOES NOT guarantee acceptance into the course. You will be notified via email of your acceptance in the course as well as the amount of scholarship that has been awarded if requested. Participants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis, however, there are a limited number of spots per participating state.


Contact with registration questions.

Meet the Facilitator

Paul James, Lighthouse Strategy Consulting

Paul James has spent 25 years in higher education and health care serving in various executive roles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethnic Studies from Wichita State University; a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Counseling from Oregon State University; and a community commitment Rite-of-Passage certificate from the Iqraa African American Books and Gifts. He has worked in public, private and in health care settings—in student affairs, academic affairs, and president’s offices with titles such as Director, Assistant Vice President, and Chief Diversity Officer. He is widely considered to be a global expert in three fundamental areas: Human Resources and Development, Diversity Management and Intercultural Awareness, and Executive Coaching. Mr. James has consulted widely and believes in an intimate approach that fosters trust, speaking truth to power, encourages empathy and compassion, and promotes active listening. Whether educational, health care, or corporate settings, Paul James is a highly sought-after consultant and trusted advisor, nationwide.

Paul James, Lighthouse Strategies
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