Community stewardship grows from common ground
The SEMIS Coalition facilitates school-community partnerships to develop students as citizen-stewards of healthy ecological-social systems.
One of the core elements of our mission is coalition building—facilitating connections that unite educators, activists, organizations, practitioners, community members and youth who are dedicated to transforming education and protecting the future of our human and natural commons. Our work is empowered when we learn from each other and grow from a place of shared energy and insight.
SEMIS values and guiding principles:
- A strong and viable Great Lakes ecosystem includes human communities nested within and interdependent with other diverse living systems including water, soil, air, plant, and animal species.
- Stewardship of the Great Lakes in Southeast Michigan is defined by the ability to connect with and protect one’s “place.” This requires collaboration with others, recognizing connections to larger economic and political systems, and understanding the impact of human cultures on the ecosystems in which they are nested.
- Human cultures create beliefs and behaviors that affect social and ecological systems. Thus, social and ecological justice are interrelated and must be addressed together.
- A sustainable Southeast Michigan depends upon diversity—both human and ecological—and is thus best served by strong democratic and collaborative systems.
- A sustainable, productive, and vibrant Coalition is founded on the assets, strengths, and vision of its members.
“SEMIS challenges me to think about ways to anchor my curriculum, meaningfully, to places in students’ lives”