Join us on Friday, September 30, 2022 for “Sustainability, Health Equity, and Antiracism in the 21st Century,” a symposium presented by the Center for Antiracist Research and proudly supported by the Vertex Foundation.
This symposium explores how climate change, racism, and health are inextricably linked and future directions for sustainability and justice. Interactive keynotes and panels will feature national and local leaders in environmental justice representing the sciences, policy, health care, community, and industry. The symposium, chaired by Dr. Monica L. Wang, will unpack the role of racism on environmental health inequities and engage the audience in thought-provoking conversation on innovative, collaborative solutions to promote sustainability and health equity through an antiracist lens.
Fireside #1: Moving from Denialism to Climate Justice and Antiracism
Speakers: Drs. Patricia Fabian, Tamarra James-Todd, and Ibram X. Kendi, Moderated by Kimberly Atkins Stohr
This fireside panel discusses the connections between racism and climate change. Perspectives from leaders in antiracism, environmental health, and medicine discuss how climate change magnifies existing vulnerabilities and present initiatives that center the marginalized communities.
Fireside #2: Indigenous Communities, Authentic Academic-Community Partnerships, and Environmental Justice
Speakers: Ruth Ann Norton, Dr. Rosalyn LaPier, and Dr. Darren Ranco, Moderated by Sonya Soni
This fireside panel features a conversation at the intersection of academia and community about the challenges of the ecological crisis and injustices explicitly experienced by Indigenous peoples. Indigenous experts and community researchers working in environmental justice discuss how they are mobilizing to address environmental racism and build a more sustainable future.
Fireside #3: A Conversation with Community Leaders: Policy, Health Care, and Science
Speakers: Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali, Dr. Thea James, and Senator Ed Markey, Moderated by Katharine Lusk
This fireside panel includes speakers dedicated to understanding climate change as a public health crisis. Local leaders in policy, academia, and health care provide diverse insights on targeting the urgency of climate change while addressing racial and economic inequities in the quest for sustainability.
Fireside #4: Collaborative Approaches for Sustainability and Health Equity
Speakers: Julia Matthews, Rebecca Pearl-Martinez, and Muhammad Umar, Moderated by Dr. Monica L. Wang
Concluding this symposium is a fireside keynote dedicated to the future directions for sustainability and health equity. With perspectives from consumer industry to health care, panelists will discuss various approaches to cultivate environmentally responsible companies and promote increased access to healthy living.
- Date and Time
- 09/30/2022: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
- 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
- [email protected]
- Sponsoring Organization
- BU Center for Antiracist Research