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IU Northwest hosts Environmental Justice and Human Rights Conference

IU Northwest will host the Environmental Justice and Humans Rights Conference Saturday, April 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium.

The conference will address three key topics affecting northwest Indiana: What are environmental justice and human rights? What does this mean for jobs, economic development, health policy, Brownfield’s and transportation? What are the health effects of the East Chicago confined disposal facility? Experts will lead two panels. The first panel will be from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and the second will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.

Conference panelists include:

• Betty Balanoff, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of History Roosevelt University, Community Activist.

• Bryan Bullock, Esq. Environmental Justice Chairman, NAACP, Gary. EJ Partnership, Chair of Policy Subcommittee for 2030 Plan.

• Hazel Johnson, Founder of People for Community Recovery, Chicago. Nationally recognized as the “Mother of the Environmental Justice Movement.

• Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Ph.D. O'Neill Professor of Philosophy and Concurrent Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame.

• Jose Lopez, Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois. Professor of History; human rights activist on issues of housing, displacement, racism, workers rights, prisoner rights, sustainable development of Humboldt Park.

• Jose Bustos, SEIU Chicago. Cesar Chavez Community House. East Chicago Community Activist.

•Mary Mulligan, EJ Partnership, Environmental Activist, City of Gary.

•Kim Scipes, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology. University of Illinois at Chicago. Executive Director, The Calumet Project.

•Marco Tavanti, Ph.D. Associate Director of the Vincent DePaul Leadership Project and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Public Services Graduate Program, DePaul University Chicago.

This event is sponsored by the Northwest Indiana Environmental Justice Partnership and the Calumet Project in conjunction with the Department of Minority Studies, and ALMA and the IU Northwest Black Student Union. For more information, contact Eric Boria at, Dr. Earl R. Jones at 980-6704 or John Stankovic at 845-5008, ext. 221.



Media Contact:

Kim Kintz

Dr. Earl R. Jones
Dept. of Minority Studies
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