Hire Permanent EJ Faculty to teach EJ Course at the Nicholas School of Environment

Hire Permanent EJ Faculty to teach EJ Course at the Nicholas School of Environment

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Gennelle Wilson started this petition to Duke Nicholas School of the Environment and

Given the recent murders of black people in America, we are reminded that each of us has a responsibility to play an active role in the creation of a socially just future. As environmental managers and graduates of the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, we are uniquely poised to be agents of social justice change in the environmental sector. 

A first step for our field to begin meaningfully addressing environmental inequities of all types is to ensure that future generations of environmental managers are:

  • taught about the legacy of race and class interactions that have produce environmental and health inequities in America, and globally;
  • trained to recognize environmental injustice and systemic racism in action; and,
  • equipped with the knowledge of how to dismantle structures that reinforce environmental injustices.

The Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment has a vital role to play in the social justice movement by educating students on environmental justice and racism, and preparing students in the aforementioned ways.

For the past two academic years, the Nicholas School has hired temporary professors to teach a one semester course on environmental justice. It is high time for the Nicholas School to transition environmental justice from the periphery to a core tenet of the curriculum. Join us, by signing this petition, in encouraging the Nicholas School administration to act decisively in support of social justice by prioritizing the hiring of a permanent faculty member (preferably, a person of color) whose research focus is environmental justice. This person should be responsible for teaching an environmental justice course each year to ensure future generations of environmental managers are equipped to dismantle environmentally unjust structures, processes and policies in their careers.

In addition to signing your name, please indicate your degree received and year attained (e.g. MEM '20). Also, we welcome a message in your own words about why you think environmental justice needs to be more heavily prioritized at the Nicholas School of Environment. Thank you!

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