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Environmental Diplomacy Issues in Nuclear Waste Disposal: Conflicts and Mediation

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Project Summary: 

  • This GLE project was a collaboration between students at DePaul, Institut National Universitaire Champollion in France and Navajo Technical University in the Navajo Nation. Students focused on multicultural issues surrounding the disposal of nuclear waste in France, and the US (in Illinois) and the mining of uranium on the Navajo lands.  The students learned first-hand the different environmental world​views associated with this global policy issue of disposal. The students practiced environmental diplomacy skills in a simulated environment and debated nuclear reprocessing in the world. They compared their views on nuclear waste and uncovered many ways that environmental racism is made manifest. ​
Project Length: 

  • 6 weeks​

Technology Tools Used: 

  • Zoom
  • Email
  • Animation 
  • Green Screen

Interaction Mode: 

  • ​Synchronous
  • Asynchronous  

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Students learned about environmental conflicts and NIMBY
  • Students learned respect for others and from the perspectives of others different from themselves.
  • Students gained knowledge to become stewards of global resources for a sustainable future.

    Kelly Tzoumis

    Kelly Tzoumis

    Institution: DePaul University
    Discipline: Public Policy Studies
    Course name: Focal Point: A 21st Century NIMBY Dilemma--Nuclear Waste Disposal


    Cynthia Boyer

    Cynthia Boyer

    Institution: Institut National Universitaire Champollion
    Discipline: Law, Economics and Management
    Course name: Legal Policy

    Henry Fowler

    Henry Fowler

    Institution: Navajo Technical University
    Discipline: Math/Diné Studies
    Course name: Diné Studies


Partner Institutions:

DePaul University
Chicago, IL, United States

Navajo Technical University
Crownpoint, NM, United States


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