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Environmental Justice
& the Common Good

A Conference on Community-University Partnerships for Research, Learning and Social Change

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Mounting scientific evidence shows that low-income communities and communities of color face severe and unequal threats to their environments and health. Pope Francis issued a call to action for people and the environment in his groundbreaking encyclical ‘Laudato Si’. In response, this conference will focus on strengthening university-community partnerships for environmental justice and the common good. 

Learning from successful collaborations and networks, we aim to develop diverse and mutually respectful partnerships between communities and universities to produce research, inform policy, and foster social change for environmental justice. The conference organizers -- a faculty collaborative formed by the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University -- are especially inspired by the collective potential within the network of over 190 Jesuit institutions of higher learning worldwide. 

Conference panels will include community-based organizers from secular and faith-based institutions reflecting on opportunities to work together for environmental justice. Breakout sessions will focus on envisioning potential research partnerships among conference participants, providing opportunities to make new connections and explore collaborations. Participants are also invited to present relevant research at a concluding poster session. 

The day after the conference, there will be a workshop focused on building networks for environmental justice and integral ecology, with two tracks. Track 1 will focus on building a regional environmental justice network of leaders from community-based organizations, and faculty and staff from Santa Clara University and other California universities. We will consolidate takeaways from the conference, identify needs for sustained engagement in partnerships, and plan a process to develop collaborative research and action agendas. In track 2, faculty, staff, and administrators in Jesuit higher education will make plans to coordinate our scholarship, service, and education to foster environmental justice and the common good. This will focus on expanding the work of the AJCU Integral Ecology Affinity Group nationally and internationally.

Attendance at the conference and workshops is free of charge, but please register to reserve your spots. There are two different workshop tracks on day 2 (track 1 and track 2), see the descriptions above and on the registration form for more details.




Conference: What Can University-Community Partnerships Contribute to Environmental Justice and the Common Good?

Speakers from higher education, community-based and faith-based organizations, and government agencies will discuss the current state of environmental justice and exemplary university-community partnerships.


Workshop: How Can We Build Networks for Environmental Justice and Integral Ecology?

This workshop will focus on building networks for environmental justice and integral ecology. Track 1 will focus on building a regional environmental justice network and track 2 will focus on expanding the work of the AJCU Integral Ecology Affinity Group.


Presenting at the Conference

Showcase your organization

Registered participants may request table space to showcase their organization's work during Day 1 lunch or during the Day 1 poster session. If interested in tabling, please contact


Travel Information

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Candlewood Suites Silicon Valley/San Jose

We have reserved a hotel block for conference attendees at Candlewood Suites, located at 481 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050, which is directly across the street from the University. Please call 408-241-9305 for a room reservation or check for room availability online and include SCU's group code: EJC

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Getting to and from the Conference

SCU is located directly across the street from the Santa Clara Transit Center, a hub for the CalTrain and Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus system. VTA also offers a Freey shuttle service from this station to San Jose Airport which leaves about every 15 minutes.  To learn about EV charging stations, Zipcar rentals, and parking, visit SCU Transportation webpage.


Organizers, Speakers, and Participants

This conference is organized by faculty and staff across Santa Clara University. Meet the organizers>>

Read short descriptions on the conference's speakers and session facilitators. Go>>


Ann F. Wiener

Santa Clara University- Ignatian Center

Santa Clara University - Office of the Provost

Santa Clara University - College of Arts & Sciences

Santa Clara University - School of Engineering

Santa Clara University - School of Law

Santa Clara University - Department of Environmental Studies & Sciences

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