Strengthening Interdisciplinary Collaborations Through Indigenous and Humanist Voices

Arola explores the possibilities and perils of bringing indigenous perspectives to interdisciplinary work. She tells her story as a rhetorician, humanist, and Anishinaabekwe involved in an NSF Convergence Research project. The project, “Socio-Technological System Transitions: Michigan Community and Anishinaabe Renewable Energy Sovereignty” — which includes scientists, engineers, social-scientists, humanists, tribal nations, and community organizers — uses community-engaged research to collect and analyze local renewable energy risks, barriers and opportunities to help with decision making and future transitions to renewable energy systems. Arola offers strategies from an indigenous and humanist perspective for working on, developing, and sustaining respectful collaborations in such work.