A Call to Action: The Fight for Environmental Justice in Detroit

Date: March 23, 2023
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: WSU campus
Category: Lecture

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. The Environmental Justice 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 third portion of the Wayne State University School of Social Work Environmental Justice Series will introduce attendees to the advocacy efforts of local Wayne State Social Work students, alums, and community leaders in the fight for environmental justice in and around our home of Detroit.

Panelists include:

  • Doris DeMarco, WSU MSW FEMA student volunteer
  • Monica Lewis-Patrick, Co-founder, President and CEO of We the People of Detroit
  • Briana Parker, Esq., Policy Manager at Elevate 
  • Erin Stanley, Climate Equity Program Manager at Eastside Community Network and WSU SWAN PhD candidate

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 ce_ssw@wayne.edu or call 313-577-9348.

We request that attendees submit questions for the Q&A portion of the event via the RSVP form. The exact WSU campus location will be posted closer to the event.

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