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Environmental Justice Initiative



 Providing training, resources, and networking to foster community-driven research for social and environmental justice.



  • At SCU

    We promote environmental justice research through faculty development, funding, and networking to support research and teaching partnerships with community-based organizations that respond directly to community needs and priorities.

  • In California and Beyond

    We are building a network to support innovative research and teaching collaborations for environmental justice through partnerships among academic institutions and community-based organizations.

  • In Jesuit Education

    We foster environmental justice research collaborations among faculty, staff, students, Jesuit educators, Catholic social ministry, and others around the world.

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Advocating for Communities Facing Groundwater Contamination

Iris Stewart-Frey (ESS, EJ&CGI) and Lilah Foster (ESS ‘21,Clare Boothe Luce scholar) together with partners from the California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) were invited to present their research on nitrate groundwater contamination.


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John Burns funds Laudato Si across the Curriculum

A major gift by SCU alumnus John Burns (‘66) will support students and faculty to understand, reflect, and act on the twin crises of environmental and social justice.

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A Food Justice Response to Covid-19

Professor Christopher Bacon is collaborating with students and Bay Area farms and food access organizations to draw lessons from the pandemic about how to improve emergency food assistance and create a more just food system.


Standing Up for Racial & Environmental Justice Now
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Featured Student Researcher

Annalicia Anaya

Annalicia analyzed the food security discourse of smallholder coffee farmers in Nicaragua.

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