Fall 2010 Symposium

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Empowered Partnerships:
Participatory Action Research for Environmental Justice


October 14 - 15, 2010

Honorable Mario G. Olmos Law & Cultural Diversity Memorial Lecturer
Anthony "Van" Jones, Esq.
Founder, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Green For All


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“Empowered Partnerships:  Participatory Action Research for Environmental Justice” is the first of a series of symposia on participatory action research (PAR) . This inaugural conference will focus on the partnerships between communities seeking to promote environmental justice and participatory action researchers at academic institutions and non-profit organizations. The gathering will highlight several EJ/PAR collaborative efforts and will lay the foundation for constructing new models that meld the expertise, perspectives, and needs of community groups and researchers. By providing scholarship, strategies, and practical tools for building these partnerships, the symposium seeks to provide opportunities for academics to learn how such partnerships can strengthen and enrich their research and for environmental justice activists to understand how PAR can inform and advance their work.

Symposium co-sponsors:  Law Students for Environmental and Economic Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law; the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment; Communities for a Better Environment; Asian Pacific Environmental Network; West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project; ¡PODER! - People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights; California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.; Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice; The Pacific Institute; Environmental Studies Institute at Santa Clara University; Cal Corps at UC Berkeley; La Raza Law Students Association at UC Berkeley School of Law; Berkeley La Raza Law Journal; Ecology Law Quarterly; Central Valley Air Quality Coalition; California Law Review; California Environmental Justice Alliance; and the Women of Color Collective at UC Berkeley School of Law.