Green Gown Awards 2015 Sustainability Staff Champion Award - Luci Attala - Winner

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Programme Director, Anthropology -  University of Wales, Trinity Saint David

Luci believes that to stimulate genuine and lasting change people need to experience how their actions make a difference. Recognising that future leadership demands confident individuals who make clear, bold decisions; Luci works stridently to empower undergraduates in diverse ways.

Luci’s energy and enthusiasm is responsible for numerous projects, all designed to support students to recognise that their actions do have impact and can significantly alter other’s lives. Her many initiatives include: encouraging staff to embrace new teaching and assessment methodologies in line with EfSDs; embedding sustainability at the heart of anthropology at UWTSD through the design of a new degree in Applied Anthropology; supporting student-driven community enterprises that raise funds for endeavours, and awareness of life-ways, in developing countries, and working with students to assist reforestation projects that encourage carbon absorption.

Her community work with students in Kenya was recognised with a UN Gold Star Award in 2014.

Top 3 learnings

1 Trust the students to lead their learning – amazing things happen!

2 Experience allows embodied learning – weave it into your lessons

3 Get out of the lecture theatres – let your thinking lead to ‘doing’.

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