Urban Environmental Justice Conference

The Urban Environmental Justice Conference at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with keynote address given by Mustafa Ali, former Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization at the EPA and current Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice, and Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus.

The conference will serve to bring awareness to the impact of environmental injustice, even in our local community, and to highlight the importance of collaborative works to bring forth solutions to complicated environmental injustice issues by learning different perspectives and initiatives from various stakeholders such as community organizations, policymakers, and researchers. Through this approach, we will focus on community-relevant issues surrounding environmental injustice and provide an example of how Harvard graduate students from all schools can work synergistically to foster communication and collaboration across disciplines that work directly or indirectly on areas related to urban environmental injustice. 

The focus of the conference is on community-relevant issues surrounding the theme of urban environmental injustice, particularly the issue of public space. Topics that would be covered include access to space redevelopment and health impacts around physical activity, mental health, and safety of redeveloped space. With this conference we hope to create a platform for discussing solutions with interactions among students and different expertise and local community leaders from a multidisciplinary lens.

The intended audience includes students from all disciplines from Harvard as well as neighboring universities and members of the local community.

Hosted by the Harvard Chan Environmental Justice Student Organization, Healthy Places GSD, and Harvard GSAS Action Coalition, with help from HKS Health Policy PIC, the conference aims to promote collaborative work towards solving complicated environmental injustice issues by engaging different perspectives.

Detailed programing and registration will open in January.

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