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Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: Environmental Justice


K-12 Summer Educator Institute


Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: Environmental Justice

Uptown Campus

This institute is part of a four year series in collaboration with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies at Vanderbilt University. This summer’s institute is hosted by Tulane University and will take place on campus in New Orleans, LA. 

The year's institute introduces K-12 educators to evidence-based approaches, techniques and instructional strategies to create supportive, learner-centered environments to enhance the teaching of indigenous peoples. It will focus both on indigenous peoples’ relationship with the environment, and broader environmental issues regarding health, infrastructure, and land and water rights. Summer 2023 will focus on climate change and impacts of deforestation, access to water and its relationship to health. Participants will learn how indigenous communities advocate for the environment through food, literature, primary sources, film and firsthand perspectives. The institute engages participants with indigenous communities from Louisiana to Central America. The four-year series of institutes is sponsored by the Centers for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University and Tulane University.



Dates July 11 - 16, 2023

Application Deadline HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO: March 27, 2023 Space is limited to 25 educators

Location Tulane University | New Orleans, LA

Online Application

Once accepted, registration fee (includes the $50 deposit + $100 program fee) will be charged March 31: $150*.

  • Applicants are eligible to apply for supplemental financial aid in the form of small travel grants. Funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant. Funding is limited.

  • Registration fees cover breakfast and lunch each day, transportation for field trips, one night stay in local indigenous community and materials needed for institute.

  • Registration fees do not include participant travel to and from the program start/end at Tulane University, 6801 Freret Ave. This must be coordinated and paid by the participant.

  • Registration fees do not include dinner.

*Subsidized price thanks to the generous support of our co-sponsor, the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies at Vanderbilt University and the U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant.


Application deadline: March 27, 2023 Space is limited to 25 educators

Online Application

  • Applicant profile information
  • Resume (upload)
  • A 300-500 word statement of interest typed in google form or uploaded within form. The statement of interest should address why you are interested in the program, what makes you a good candidate, and how you plan to synthesize the knowledge and experience gained from this institute to maximize the benefits to your classroom, school, and district.

Financial Aid Application (optional) Online financial aid application form requires the following:

  • Statement of Financial Need (type or paste into form): Explain why you are requesting financial assistance. Include information such as the professional development funding available through your school or district, what portion of the institute you are paying out of pocket, additional funding sources you have pursued (e.g. school or district funding, grant funding, local organizations near your work such as Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions, Garden Clubs, etc.), and any special circumstances, extraordinary expenses, or additional information pertinent to why you are applying for financial assistance. (Maximum 1500 characters)

  • Budget (upload): Estimated total expenses and proposed costs to be covered by this award. Must indicate amount of financial assistance being provided by applicant's school/district/institution or other source, even if the amount is $0.

Apply for aid here.

Applications will be reviewed by a review committee appointed by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Applicants will be contacted by mid March with a decision.


Supplemental materials are due March 31, 2023 after being accepted to the institute, processed through the Center for Latin American Studies. Submitted electronically.

  • Proof of being up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccines (meaning you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received the most recent booster dose recommended for you by CDC)
  • A non-refundable deposit of $100 (paid by credit card or check) due March 31
  • Registration Fee balance of $50 is due April 1, 2023 (paid by credit card or check).

Payments being made by check should be made out to Tulane University and mailed to

Stone Center for Latin American Studies Tulane University c/o Denise Woltering Vargas, Public Engagement Coordinator 6801 Freret Ave. | 100 Jones Hall New Orleans, LA 70118 

Applicant is responsible for confirming receipt of all application materials.


Participant Withdrawal Policy

If, for any reason, an accepted participant chooses to withdraw from the institute, the participant must notify the Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS) by email to dwolteri@tulane.edu. Program fees, exclusive of deposit, are refundable if SCLAS receives the participant's written notification prior to the withdrawal deadline of April 28, 2023. If the participant withdraws from the institute after the withdrawal deadline, there are no refunds.

Institute Cancellation Policy

If the institute is canceled by SCLAS for any reason, SCLAS will be in touch with the participants directly regarding full refunds.

For more information, please email crcrts@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164. 


Stone Center for Latin American Studies

For more information contact: Denise Woltering Vargas via email to crcrts@tulane.edu or by phone at 504.865.5164