IDEAS for UCF leaders Lindsey Aronson and Callye Foster have recently been the first to receive the certification of “Environmental Specialist” by the UCF Unifying Theme’s Environmental Specialization Program.
The Unifying Theme encourages UCF undergraduate students at all academic areas of study to engage in an interdisciplinary, academic discourse about the Environment and Global Climate Change, potential solutions, and opportunities for direct student action. When UCF asked students what they care about, undergraduates responded with a clear, unified voice: the Environment and Global Climate Change. UCF undergraduates are passionate about creating a just and sustainable future. This passion has become the driving force behind the University of Central Florida’s Unifying Theme.
The Environmental Specialization Program awards recipients with green cords for graduation after the completion of 100 points worth of environmental leadership in three different areas and writing short essays about all of them.
It is important to note that Foster and Aronson (pictured left and right) are the first and only people in all of UCF to receive this award. Along with this program, the two have continuously shown great leadership within the UCF chapter of IDEAS and after recently graduating are poised to use the skills they’ve learned to continue being stewards of the environment.
The Unifying Theme was created to focus discussion and reflection across the General Education Program, but has now broadened its horizons to include the entire Undergraduate Studies program. Regardless of major or academic subject, the Unifying Theme is applicable amongst all possible topics. Thus, the Unifying Theme encourages UCF undergraduate students at all academic stages to engage in an interdisciplinary, academic discourse about the Environment and Global Climate Change, potential solutions, and opportunities for direct student action. UCF students have chosen the Environment and Global Climate Change as more than an academic topic–it’s a cause to which they are deeply committed. With the incorporation of environmental issues into UCF’s academic studies, UCF is able to provide all of its students with a strong and informed foundation of the ‘Green’ future ahead.