Join us in listening to an audio interview with CEW+ scholar and student caregiver Sarah Collins to hear about their work in the cross section of climate change and education
Sarah Collins is a MS Candidate at the School of Environment and Sustainability and a MA Candidate in the School of Education at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and a 2021 CEW+ Margaret Dow Towsley Scholar. Sarah works to bridge these two fields and create new conversations for educators to properly inform our youth about climate change, as well as promote listening to learn about the kind of world we would all like to live in in the future.
Sarah started their career at a nature-based preschool in Seattle. After encountering firsthand accounts of children not receiving the proper education on climate change, Sarah dedicated her work to reforming this education. Sarah then developed a professional development course on teaching early learners in nature through the University of Washington in collaboration with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, which helped to pass legislation in Washington in 2020 to license outdoor early care programs.
Sarah is now at the School of Environment and Sustainability and School of Education at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. While completing research on top of their education, they are building bridges between these two fields of study and continue to build new frameworks for educators and environmental experts for these important conversations. Sarah is also a student caregiver and navigating being a full-time caregiver during a pandemic. Listen to Sarah’s interview to hear them share their story!