RCE Salisbury

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Region:
THE AMERICAS
Country:
United States of America
Overview
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
December, 2019
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

This RCE location, which will emphasise conflict prevention and creative problem solving, will help us network together, discover synergies, support one another’s efforts, and increase our collective efforts to address the educational, environmental, ecological, and socio-cultural challenges in our region.

The City of Salisbury has long been the crossroads of the historic Delmarva Peninsula. With a population of some 30,000, it is the largest city on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay and the fastest growing city in Maryland. Founded in 1732 and incorporated in 1854, Salisbury also is the county seat for Wicomico. The area offers the ideal mix of an urban centre, nestled within a scenic rural region, centrally located to major metropolitan areas.

Goals and Objectives:

The long-term objectives are plans for roughly the next three to five years and the short-term objectives are for the next one to two years.

Goal 1: To build a network of individuals and organisations advancing sustainability education together

Long-term objective:

  • Collaboration with other RCE locations creating opportunities within the global RCE network to work on education for sustainable development (ESD)

Short-term objectives:

  • Stakeholders will have easy access to an array of ESD information and resources through our regional information on a web page
  • Stakeholders will regularly convene to discuss ESD-related issues either online or in person
  • Develop grants to help seed new collaborations and projects especially in regard to basic data needed to work on specific SDGs
  • Join other RCEs in SDG challenges to accelerate inter- and intra-sector innovation, ESD, and adoption of sustainable practices

Goal 2: To advance the education of the sustainable development goals (SDG) through training and delivery of conflict prevention and creative problem solving that address potential challenges with the SDGs

Long-term objectives:

  • Facilitate Youth Network connections with business leaders and entrepreneurs for both curricular (e.g. class projects) and extra-curricular (e.g. internships) learning and mutual benefits of students and businesses
  • Create an SDG data hub to ensure quantitative and qualitative data is accessible and useful for regional sustainable development
  • If desired, to develop an RCE conference to continue expanding the network, exchanging critical information and research findings engaging collaborators

Short-term objectives:

  • Advance and implement sustainability training and conflict prevention and creative problem solving to address sustainability challenges with institutions, nonprofits, and other stakeholders
  • To build a Youth Network that focuses on academic and professional development opportunities, including certificates and/or recognitions. The Salisbury University Green Fund will be used to support this network
  • Develop a virtual resource centre for RCE communications, directory of RCE members, projects, resources and opportunities (particularly around internships/fellowships and other employment), and educational resources/tools

Goal 3: To lead advocacy and awareness-raising efforts about the importance of educators and the essential role of ESD in achieving a sustainable future

Long-term objectives:

  • Facilitate regional activities that advance the awareness and support of ESD
  • Create a multi-media awareness campaign to share successes, such as collaborations and grants
  • Place a bid to host a regional and/or global RCE Conference

Short-term objectives:

  • Create opportunities for public dialogue on ESD policies and issues
  • Empower local youth to create and execute ESD strategy through an RCE Youth Network

Goal 4: To reflect the true diversity of experience and perspectives of the local population, giving it reach and relevance across cultures locally and globally

Long-term objectives:

  • Establish Working Groups and Youth Working Groups ensuring diverse representation across sectors, and network facilitation training is provided for all
  • Partner to host Spanish-speaking (largest non-English language spoken in region) ESD events
  • Translate curricula to reach the region’s rapidly growing immigrant community
  • Establish a baseline of sustainability awareness in relevant diverse categories of civil society

Short-term objective:

  • Approach governance with the inclusion of diverse stakeholders, and focus on equity in balance of sector participation
Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Bosserman Center of Conflict Resolution (Non-profit organisation)

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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Dr. Brittany Foutz
blfoutz@salisbury.edu
Secondary RCE Contact:
Dr. Brian Polkinghorn
bdpolkinghorn@salisbury.edu
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RCE mailing address for correspondence:

Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution
1100 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801