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August M. Ball: "Racial Equity and Environmentalism"

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Thursday, April 1, 2021, 7 pm– 8:30 pm

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The Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture is presenting "Justice in Transition," a virtual speaker series in March and April. August M. Ball, will speak on Racial Equity and Environmentalism Thursday, April 1, at 7:00 pm via Zoom Webinar.


Join August M. Ball, founder and CEO of Cream City Conservation as she outlines how compounded disparities impact communities of color in every corner of society. Be it socio-economic, politcal, educational, health, etc. communities of color remain disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards, yet grossly under-represented in spaces that hold key decision making power related to conservation and sustainability. This presentation will provide the history of the construction of race (a key component in driving these inequities), while also examining environmental policies that have had a layered impact on the environmental movement and contributed to the racial homogenity we see today. The goal of this presentation is to help participants understand why these inequities exist and develop shared language for how to discuss these issues and interrogate the intricate relationship between race and institutional outcomes.


Amy Marcarelli, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, will hold a discussion and Q&A with August after her presentation.


August M. Ball is founder of Cream City Conservation. Her two-prong social enterprise helps organizations institute strategies that attract and retain top talent from diverse candidate pools, making their workforce stronger, smarter and their programs more sustainable and relevant. Simultaneously, Cream City Conservation Corps cultivates the next generation of land stewards by engaging traditionally underrepresented youth in environmental career pathways. With over 15 years of program management and design experience, August has connected thousands of youth and young adults to hands-on service to public lands, outdoor recreation and first time employment experiences.


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Presented in partnership with the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the Portage Lake District Library.
Funded in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Van Evera distinguished lecture series.

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