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Environmental Justice
& the Common Good

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

Santa Clara University | Thursday, May 2nd - Friday, May 3rd, 2019

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.

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Attending the Conference

  • Apply to Present a Poster in an Organized Session

  • Workshop Registration

  • Travel Info


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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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