Addressing food justice and environmental justice

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Date: November 17, 2022
Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Category: Lecture

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Everyone deserves a healthy environment in which to live, learn and work, but for millions of individuals this is out of reach. The growing field of environmental justice aims to provide fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all individuals on the development and implementation of policies and laws that may affect their health. But how do we as social workers fit into this complex puzzle? Every day we see the impact of extreme weather, urbanization, food insecurity, and more on individuals, families and communities. This series will explore environmental justice on a global and local Detroit scale. It will provide students, social workers and community members with tangible ways they can advance environmental justice in their communities.

The Wayne State University School of Social Work will kick-off our Environmental Justice three-part series with an interactive session "Addressing food justice and environmental justice through culturally grounded and land-based interventions" discussing the connections between food justice and environmental justice led by kenote speaker Michael Spencer, PhD, University of Washington Presidential Term Professor in Social Work and the Director of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Oceanic Affairs at the UW Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI). Spencer will share research projects working with Native Hawaiian communities to address historical and structural injustices that have led to concentrated poverty, food insecurity, and disconnection from land. Through culturally grounded and land-based interventions, Native Hawaiians are empowered to reconnect with their culture, their community, and their environment.

The event with also feature breakout groups by local Detroirs discussing the roles that social workers could serve in local environmental justice and food justice spaces.

Continuing Education: Two (2) Social Work CE's are available for attendees for a fee of $10. This lecture has been approved by the MI Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative under CE Approval #: MICEC-0058. Pre-registration for CE's is requested via the RSVP form. All attendees seeking CE's must sign-in at the event and stay for the full duration. Attendees will then receive an email after the event with a short quiz and details on when they will receive their digital CE certificate. For details visit the Social Work Office of Continuing Education Events page. For questions email or call 313-577-9348.

Sponsor: This event is supported by the Edith Harris Endowed Memorial Lecture fund. This annual lecture is made possible through the generosity of Mort Harris, Edith Harris’ husband, and the Harris Foundation. 

Learn more on the Environmental Justice Series webpage.

November 2022