Environmental Justice: Take Steps Today for Lasting Change

Past event

Environmental Justice: Take Steps Today for Lasting Change

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This course offers 4.0 contact hours

$99 for professionals and community members
$79 for DU affiliates* (DU faculty, staff and alumni)
$29 for current students (must provide a valid student ID at check-in)

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The tenets of environmental justice hold that all people everywhere should have access to a healthy and thriving environment. Further, all people should be able to live in freedom from environmental dangers. But is this achievable on a planet (and in a country) where people continue to buy huge houses and cars, produce multiple children and purchase products with no thought to their production cycle or packaging? Daily we hear threats to environmental protections in the United States and beyond, what can we do as concerned and committed citizens to protect humanity's right to a healthy environment?

In this one-day workshop, you will hear from the following Environmental Justice experts:

· Sarah Bexell, Visiting Clinical Associate Professor in DU’s Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW), and Director of Humane Education with the Institute for Human-Animal Connection

· Pranietha Mudliar, Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Justice and Sustainability with the Interdisciplinary Incubator for the Study of (In)equality (IRISE) as at DU

· Kristi Roybal, Doctoral Student in DU’s Graduate School of Social Work

· Scott MacDonald, Program Coordinator at GreenLeaf and GSSW alumnus

· Nola Miguel, Director of GES Coalition Organization for Health and House Justice, Community Organizer and GSSW alumna

· Andrea Savage, Program Coordinator at Groundwork Denver

Workshop Outline

I. Opening Introductions: Dr. Chad King, Sustainability Director for DU, and Dr. Amanda Moore McBride, Morris Endowed Dean and Professor for the Graduate School of Social Work

II. Broad Environmental Justice Framework: Sarah Bexell

III. Portraits of Environmental Justice in Denver

· GreenLeaf: Food Justice, Scott MacDonald

· LiveWell Colorado: Pollution and Neighborhood Disruption
Justice, Nola Miguel

· Groundwork Denver: Water Justice, Andrea Savage

IV. Environmental Justice Scholarship as a form of action/activism: Pranietha Mudliar

V. Civic Engagement: Learn how you can engage in Environmental Justice, facilitated by Kristi Royball

To wrap up, Sarah Bexell shares hopeful information from the Graduate School of Social Work, which houses the world’s first concentration in Sustainable Development and Global Practice. Students in this program develop practice behaviors in assessment, community engagement, education, health promotion, mobilization, organizing, poverty reduction, environmental preservation and capacity building. Hear from graduate students who are in the field and expanding the goals of the environmental justice movement.

Come away with a more profound understanding of the importance of environmental justice and the actions that you can take to expand the cause.


Participants in this course will:

· Increase their environmental literacy
· Discover environmental justice causes and programs in
· Learn ways to be proactive citizens with skills to expand
the cause of environmental justice
· Meet others who share common concerns and goals


Sarah Bexell has been engaged in wildlife conservation, conservation education and humane education for over 20 years. Currently, she is Visiting Clinical Associate Professor with the Graduate School of Social Work and Director of Humane Education with the Institute for Human-Animal Connection both at the University of Denver, and also Director of Conservation Education at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. Her work focuses on developing and evaluating education programs to facilitate the human-animal-nature bond to promote animal welfare and rights, healthy child development, and wildlife and nature preservation. She has worked in China for two decades to build capacity of conservation and humane education professionals. Her teaching at the University of Denver focuses on global sustainable development and humane education. She lives and works part of each year in Colorado and in Sichuan Province, China.