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SF3 Research Talk: Sustainability (as) Pedagogy

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What are the tenets of sustainability as pedagogy? How can educators embed the wholistic, systems-thinking approaches of sustainability into teaching? In this research talk with the Sustainable Futures Faculty Fellowship (SF3) program, learn about how OCAD University faculty members integrate mapping, land-based learning, decolonial pedagogical models, and sustainable material practices into teaching and learning. The 2023-24 SF3 Fellows will present findings from their pedagogical research which took place in classes during Fall 2023. 

Featuring OCAD U Professors and the 2023-24 SF3 Fellows: Julia Rose Sutherland (Faculty of Design), Lori Riva (Faculty of Arts & Science), and Natalie Waldburger (Faculty of Art). 

The talk will be facilitated by Victoria Ho, Advisor, Strategic Sustainability (ODESI). Questions about the event can be directed to Victoria at

Co-presented by the Faculty Curriculum & Development Centre (FCDC) and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) at OCAD University.

Speaker Bios:

Lori Riva, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts & Science
Lori Riva (she/her) is Assistant Professor with a teaching focus in contemporary architecture, design, and urbanism, and Environmental Design thesis. She earned her PhD from the McGill School of Architecture, and MArch from the University of Toronto. Her current work on practices of care in design investigates a shift in values and criteria for what makes meaningful design of public spaces. She undertakes this research on sustainability pedagogy as part of her commitment toward rethinking design approaches and paradigms in her teaching.

Julia Rose Sutherland, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design
Julia Rose Sutherland (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and Assistant Professor at OCAD U, teaching in Indigenous Visual Culture (INVC) and Material Art and Design (MAAD), Textiles programs. She is mixed race Mi'kmaq (Metepenagiag Nation) and of settler descent. Sutherland received her MFA from the University of Buffalo in 2019 and her BFA from Alberta University of the Arts in 2013. They are the recipient of OCAD U's Faculty of Design Teaching Award (2022-23) and a member of Arts Advisory Committee for the Toronto Bentway Project.

Natalie Majaba Waldburger, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art
Natalie Majaba Waldburger's (she/her) current art practice is open-disciplinary and seeks to understand the complexities of respectful collaboration and participatory work in the context of anti-colonial research. In recent years, institutional critique has become the focus for her collaborative art practices as a co-founding member of The Drawing Board. As an Associate Professor at OCAD U, Natalie has served as Chair for a number of programs in the Faculty of Art including the inaugural Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media. Currently, she is the Chair of Criticism and Curatorial Practice, Art and Social Change, Cross-Disciplinary Practices and the Acting Vice-President of OCADFA.