Lakehead announces new summer program in Ecuador

Two people standing at base of large tree in Ecuador

Lakehead University’s Media and Environmental Justice Movement course will be offered as part of a travel adventure to Ecuador this spring. An information session, open to the public, is being held on Wednesday, January 20 at the Orillia campus.

January 18, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead University's “Media and Environmental Justice Movements" course will be offered in Ecuador for the first time, this spring. Providing a fascinating opportunity to experience first-hand the biodiversity of the environment in Ecuador, students will learn from local experts how media is used to protect the environment. 

The two-week course will be offered from May 18 – 31 and will take students from the Amazon basin to the cloud forests of Mindo — two of the most biodiverse places in the world. Dr. Sandra Jeppesen, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies/Media Studies, and Alison Braun, Founder of EarthTreks and Co-founder of Refugio Mindo – Environmental Innovation Centre in Ecuador, will teach the program.

The new credit course is open to students in all programs, as well as members of the community who are interested in combining a learning opportunity with a travel experience.

An information session will be held at the Lakehead Orillia University Avenue campus on Wednesday, January 20 from 12 to 1 pm in room OA 2006 (Simcoe Hall). Everyone is welcome to attend. For further information, contact Dr. Jeppesen at


Information Session

Media and Environmental Justice Movements in Ecuador



Wednesday, January 20

12 noon – 1 pm


Lakehead University Orillia

500 University Avenue

Room OA 2006, Simcoe Hall


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Members of the media are invited to attend this information session, as well as promote the event to your audiences.

Kathy Hunt, Communications Officer
705-330-4008 ext. 2014

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.