At the outset of our time as students in the Master in Environmental Management program at WSCU, a few peers and I formed the "MEM Forum" with the intent of bringing together a diverse group of WSCU students, faculty, and staff, and the general public, to create a shared learning network focused on our most pressing environmental and interdisciplinary problems. Using structured discussion groups facilitated by MEM students, the MEM Forum aims to provide an open platform where dialogue begins and where novel and shared learning experiences are welcome. It has consistently been our intent to facilitate these events as collaborative and community-building experiences.
Our goal is to convene forums throughout the academic year to develop a cross-departmental network at WSCU and a stronger connection between the university and the general public. The article (at left) provides a glimpse into the first forum, held in October 2014. While this first forum focused on a variety of topics of potential interest to students (for example, public land management, waste management, sustainable food systems and agriculture), subsequent forums focused on a diversity of topics, including: the Colorado Water Plan, Environmental Action, Climate Change, the "5th Wave" of Environmentalism, Rural Economic and Environmental Sustainability, and Species Management. Our Forums have commonly attracted more than 100 participants and are supported by funds from the Center for Environment and Sustainability at WSCU.