Recently, I have been giving guest lectures to classes at UD on why a social and environmental justice perspective is important for students in the natural sciences. In spring 2019 semester, for example, I gave two guest lectures to the graduate course Plant and Soil Sciences (PLSC 608), taught by Dr. Don Sparks and Dr. Jason Fischel. In those lectures and discussions, I emphasized why the students’ training and skill sets are particularly salient to environmental justice communities in addressing legacies of social structural injustice. By providing a lens on the social sources of environmental injustice to natural science students, we can help to foster well-rounded scientists that use their training to not only advance science, but address social and environmental inequities by prioritizing historically burdened communities for cleanup and remediation. The work was supported by a grant from the Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy at the University of Delaware.

Example of questions I ask students when we consider the roles of scientists in collaboration with environmentally burdened communities (drawn from the work of Sabrina McCormick).

Questions to Start Discussion on Democratizing Science

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A current effort in the community of Southbridge to mobilize against the possible siting of a steel slag plant was recently illustrated by Jeanne Kuang in the Delaware News Journal.

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Recently, Bill Anderson Fund (BAF) Fellows from around the country worked with local residents in Southbridge to identify their local hazards. The hazards workshop was a learning and collaborative opportunity for the students, striving to create a sustainable connection between the local community members, UD, and the BAF. Read all about the workshop and other activities the fellows were involved in all weekend here.

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Just one more week before professors and authors Kenneth Gould and Tammy Lewis come to UD to discuss their book “Green Gentrification.” Join us at Gore Hall 104 on UD’s Newark campus from 1:45-3 PM for the talk. We are looking forward to having them here at UD! See the flier here for all the details:

Green Gentrification Flier

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One way to teach sociology is to highlight our inter-connectedness through globalization. Specifically, students in my class and I study “dependency theory” and how it is a useful lens on the fast fashion industry, as well as the impact of the used clothing that it generates. Check out this recent story about UD undergraduate research in the area, as well as this article from the Washington Post.

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