Climate change is changing at a faster rate due, mainly to human activities, with observable effects on socio-ecological systems. In its last report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), predicted a temperature rise of 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century. The impact of these changes is expected to be catastrophic and now, more than ever, collaborative strategies are needed to mitigate and adapt to new environmental conditions. Current socio-environmental challenges call for active collaboration, dialogue, and exploration of solutions. Principles of environmental justice provide that platform.

Since 2018, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion has hosted an Environmental Justice Conference on an annual base as a way to foster a transdisciplinary approach around issues of equity and inclusive collaboration to confront climate disruption. The main goal of these conferences is to create awareness and promote dialogue around community-driven strategies and collaboration across disciplines to attend environmental injustices.

Past conferences