Environmental Justice in the Midwest: Knight Distinguished Lecture with Kim Wasserman

April 5, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

When: April 5th, 2023 | Light refreshments starting at 6:30pm, talk to begin at 7:00pm

Where: Holmes Lounge

Knight Distinguished Lecture.

Kim Wasserman of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) will be visiting to give a public address on her work advocating for environmental justice in Chicago’s racially divided landscape.  As a member of LVEJO, Kim raised her voice on behalf of the Little Village community, many of whom had limited ability for self-advocacy due to language barriers or documentation status.  Kim and LVEJO’s efforts successfully shut down two of the nation’s dirtiest coal plants, which had long been a source of disproportionate harm to residents of Chicago’s Largely Mexican southwest community.  For her work, she was honored with the Goldman Environmental Prize.  LVEJO continues this legacy today with transit reforms, greenspace creation, and open streets initiatives.  Their work is a shining example of the power of community activism to achieve environmental justice for communities marginalized by existing power structures.

Inquiries can be directed to Froggi VanRiper (vanriper@wustl.edu)

This event is co-sponsored by WUSTL’s Environmental Studies Program and The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity.