Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College

AMS Climate Studies


AMS Climate Studies for Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs)

Apply here for free course license and free workshop
  Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015


AMS Climate Studies Program for MSIs

Second Nature is partnering with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) to promote the importance of basic climate science education at all colleges and universities.

Through the AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project, minority-serving institutions (MSIs) nationwide are offered the following:

  • A five-day Implementation Workshop in Washington, D.C from May 17-22, 2015.  Travel, room, board, and instructional costs are covered, and also a $300 stipend will be provided.
  • An opportunity to attend the 2015 AMS Annual Meeting Workshop in New Orleans, LA from January 9-12, 2016. Some fees, travel, and lodging are covered.
  • Course implementation assistance by AMS program staff and instructors teaching in similar academic environments
  • Waived license fee for offering the climate course (normally $149 per year) for the first two years.

The Implementation Workshop:

The Implementation Workshop is designed for faculty members from a range of disciplines, from those already teaching Earth Sciences, to those with little or no prior teaching experience in the atmospheric, oceanic, or climate sciences. Although any faculty member may attend, he/she must be able to commit to implementing the Climate Studies Course. The workshop will cover selected topics in climate science, pedagogy, and course implementation and management in a collegial community impacted by diversity issues.

The workshop will feature talks by climate science and sustainability experts from federal agencies and area research institutions, such as NASA, NOAA, University of Maryland, Howard University, George Mason University, etc. There will also be visits to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

The upcoming Implementation Workshop will take place in Washington, D.C. from May 17-22, 2015.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Colleges and universities listed by the U.S. Department of Education as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian (AN/NH) Serving Institutions are eligible to participate.
  • Accredited post-secondary institutions that can document a minority enrollment of at least 25% of total student population. Minority students are defined as members of African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Native Pacific Islander groups.

Program Commitment:

  • Participant institution must commit to offering AMS Climate Studies for at least one semester.

To Apply:

Please complete the AMS Climate Studies Course License Order form and Diversity Project Application form, signed by an authorized institutional representative.

Please submit your institution’s application by faxing (800-258-1176) or mailing via:
The AMS Climate Studies Diversity Program
1120 G Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20005

Implementation Workshop participant is on a first-come, first-serve basis as determined by the date-of-receipt of the License Order Form.

Contact Information: 

For all communications concerning the AMS Climate Studies course, licensing, and faculty workshops, please contact:

Elizabeth Mills
Associate Director, Education Program
AMS Climate Studies Diversity Project
American Meteorological Society
1120 G Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 800-824-0405

For more information about integrating the course to a Climate Action Plan or for other information about the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), please contact:

Janna Cohen-Rosenthal
Director, ACUPCC Initiatives
Second Nature, Inc.
18 Tremont St., Suite 930
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-722-0036 x209