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Dr. Kimi Waite

AFFILIATION: California State University, Los Angeles

TITLE: Assistant Professor

LOCATION: California


EXPERTISE AREA: DEIJ, Environmental Education, Environmental Justice, Environmental Racism, Youth


Dr. Kimi Waite’s professional praxis is situated at the intersections of environmental justice education, geography, critical pedagogy, and social studies. An Asian American educator-activist-scholar with over 10 years of teaching experience, she has received both national and state recognition for her leadership in environmental education, social studies, and climate change education. She has a multiple subjects teaching credential from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, an M.Ed. from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education from Prescott College. Her work has been published by outlets such as PBS, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Ms. Magazine, The Progressive, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Grist, Cal Matters, Rethinking Schools, and The Journal of Curriculum & Pedagogy. She has been a requested presenter for The National Education Association, Cornell University’s Civic Ecology Lab, The North American Association for Environmental Education, and The National Geographic Society. Dr. Kimi Waite joined the Department of Child & Family Studies at California State University, Los Angeles in Fall 2023 as an Assistant Professor. Prior experiences: Part-time faculty at California State University, Fullerton’s Department of Elementary & Bilingual Education; TK-12 STEM curriculum specialist in Compton; and an elementary school teacher in South Los Angeles. In addition, she has taught in South Korea and Guyana and is an experienced facilitator for in-service teacher professional development.


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