Take a SERC Facilitated DeCal

Congratulations Fall 2018 DeCal Fellows and Greener DeCal Fellow!

Latinx and the Environment

This course has been designed to prepare the next generation of Chicanx Latinx student leaders
in the environmental justice movement. Class will address the experiences via testimonios of Latinxs in the sciences particularly focuses on issues of the Environment. How they have built convivencia to survive and resistencia to thrive.
Framework for the class: Environmental racism and environmental injustice, filtered from a
social justice lense racial, class and gender disparities will be addressed in the environmental movement.
Through critical dialogues, interactive exercises and reading assignments and speakers videos
the course will assist students in understanding their role as Chicanx Latinx in the environmental
movement. The class via seminars and an Environment Summit will build towards a national network of
scholars, public policy makers and nonprofits/activists to address Latinxs in the Environment.

Facilitators: Giselle Serafin, Zeltzin Elizabeth Angon Gonzalez

Seminar in Ecological Economics

An emphasis of this seminar will be on the Ecological Economics of climate change,
but its intellectual origins and history will be lightly traced to present day. By the end
of the course, you will be able to understand the array of issues surrounding the
economics of climate change and question the rigor of specific economic arguments.
In addition to our discussions, 4 distinguished guest speakers will be coming in for
talks and discussions surrounding Ecological Economics.

Facilitator: Jun Wong

Greener DeCal: Natural Pigments in the Modern World

With the modern day popularity of store-bought mediums such as oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors and much more, we often don’t take into consideration the processes it takes to produce the abundant art materials in the market. The machines of mass production make it easily forgettable that we, humans, are capable of doing what they are doing. It’s a surprising fact that it was only a few centuries ago that the everyday paint tube was invented in the nineteenth century. This means that artists before then made or bought hand ground pigments that were then put through a completely separate process to become a paint, a stick, a wash, etc. to suit the artist’s needs.
Through this DeCal, we will be exploring natural pigments in our world by examining a varied history of art material processes, Berkeley’s own palette of natural pigments, and making contrasts between the industrial, mechanized processes versus our own hand-made, human methods.
This class is very hands-on and will need you to be very dedicated to safely crushing rocks, sifting rocks, mixing mediums, and making art using the mediums you wish to explore. There are a total of two projects and one presentation. A 30 minute to 1 hour lecture usually begins most classes, followed by a studio portion for an estimated 1 hour.  Depending on your productivity during class, you may have to use outside time during Reniel’s OH in order to crush pigments, sift, or create mediums. Reniel’s OH are also a good time to go and experiment methods using natural and/or synthetic pigments.

Facilitators: Reniel Del Rosario, Kayla Toy

The DeCal Program

The DeCal Program is an aggregate of student-facilitated for-credit academic courses at UC Berkeley. Students create and facilitate their own classes on a variety of subjects, many of which are not addressed in the traditional curriculum. Every DeCal is sponsored by a faculty member and grades are only offered as Pass / No Pass, with the academic credit for each class typically ranging from 0.5-2 units.

SERC student staff teach a variety of 1 and 2-unit environmental and sustainability-related DeCals during fall and spring semesters. If you facilitate an environmental DeCal, please consider applying for a SERC DeCal Fellowship.

Looking to take an environmental and/or sustainability-related course? Check out this list of environmental and sustainability-related courses at UC Berkeley as provided by the Office of Sustainability and Energy.