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IonE Second Monday: On the Front Lines: Environmental Justice in the Classroom

November 11, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Environmental Justice is a contemporary U.S. movement borne of working class and people of color’s grassroots struggles against the inequitable distribution of environmental ills, like toxic pollution, and benefits, like clean natural resources and green spaces. It has since broadened to include resistance to a range of global environmental inequities and transformative enactments of social justice and ecological integrity.

Over the past year, an IonE mini-grant has funded research on environmental justice education at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. The goal of the grant is to increase awareness of environmental justice scholarship, and lay the groundwork for a robust, cutting-edge, and thoroughly community-engaged center or program for environmental and climate justice education and research.

Our panelists will consider opportunities for collaboration across colleges and disciplines, as well as the critical need to elevate historically marginalized knowledge through working reciprocally with communities, and together explore the future of environmental justice at the University of Minnesota and beyond.

The conversation will feature Sam Grant, Assistant Professor and Director with HECUA – Environmental Sustainability Program, Dr. Michelle Garvey, Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies & Sustainability Studies Teaching Specialist, Dania Marin-Gavilan, Voices for Environmental Justice, Undergraduate Student, Sai Powar, Former Student/Alumni of the University of Minnesota, and Jessica Lopez Lyman, Assistant Professor, Chicano and Latino Studies. Our moderator is Christina Lundgren lead on IonE’s Mini-Grant EJ Research at UMN and currently serves as a GreenCorps Member at the City of St. Paul.


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About IonE Second Mondays:

The Institute on the Environment’s Second Monday series brings together a panel of experts – from within the University of Minnesota and beyond – to ask big questions, discuss collaborative projects, and dive into other cross-cutting sustainability issues. Visit our website, and stay tuned for details about our other Second Monday events this semester.


November 11, 2019
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


R380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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