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Spotlight: Gender and Environmental Justice Project
The Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom program at the Ford Foundation supports the search for meaning and understanding in an interdependent, yet deeply unequal, world. The Department of African American Studies' Gender and Environmental Justice Project— funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation—seeks to do exactly that. The project encompasses four main initiatives:
  • The Black Feminism and Environmental Justice lecture series
  • The “Photovoice” community-based action research project
  • Support for collaborative research across campus through community extensions with the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and the Community Folk Art Center. 
  • The public Gender, Health, and Environmental Justice Symposium

The Gender and Environmental Justice Project makes important connections between the Department of African American Studies' scholarly engagements, public knowledge, and community action—and truly embodies SU's mission of Scholarship in Action.

Recently, a Community Action and Environmental Justice Exhibit hosted by the project featured the The Damu Smith Memorial Environmental Justice Photo Exhibition and the Southside Photovoice Project.

The Smith Memorial Exhibition featured photographs from environmental justice activists across the nation that embody the work of the late Damu Smith, a tireless champion of environmental and human rights.

Syracuse Photovoice ProjectThe Southside Photovoice Project (left) spotlighted the work of 14 African American mothers.

The photos were taken as part of a research project that allowed the women to use photography to capture images of their community, telling the story of both its assets and its deficits. Through a series of Saturday workshops, Photovoice participants mapped their community, learned photography skills, and captured images of their neighborhood.

The upcoming Gender, Health, and Environmental Justice Symposium will feature both Syracuse University scholars and nationally distinguished panelists who will address the intersection of race, gender, health, and the environment. 

For more information, including the latest news, visit the Gender and Environmental Justice Project web site.



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