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Otis Lecture: Environmental justice, racism, and health disparities

March 21 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

The Dean Jack Otis Social Problem and Social Policy Lecture presents

Sacoby Miguel Wilson, PhD
Environmental Justice, Racism, and Health Disparities: Use of Community-Engaged Research for Capacity-Building, Inpowerment, and Action

Free admission. UT Parking fees apply. 2.5 CEU, fee is $10 payable at the door. RSVP here.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Elena Craft, PhD, senior health scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Catherine Cubbin, PhD, associate dean for research, Steve Hicks School of Social Work
  • Shannon Jones, MPA, Central Health Board of Managers
  • Jon Olson, MSSW, director of equity and inclusion, Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities

About the lecture: Environmental racism is a pervasive issue that leads to environmental injustice and health disparities. The social work profession is increasingly becoming involved in environmental justice issues as they are intrinsically connected with social justice. In the 2018 Otis Lecture, Sacoby Miguel Wilson will discuss the intersection between race, place, hazards, vulnerability, and disasters. He will also discuss how to use citizen-science approaches to help address environmental justice and health issues, and how to use community-engaged research to “inpower” populations impacted by environmental injustice.

About the speaker: Sacoby Wilson, PhD, is an associate professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College Park. Wilson has over 15 years of experience as an environmental health scientist in the areas of exposure science, environmental justice, environmental health disparities, community-based participatory research, water quality analysis, air pollution studies, built environment, industrial animal production, climate change, community resiliency, and sustainability. He works primarily in partnership with community-based organizations to study and address environmental justice and health issues and translate research to action.

The Dean Jack Otis Social Problem and Social Policy Lecture is supported by a permanent endowment established by Dean Otis to inspire further academic attention to current social problems.


March 21
9:00 am - 11:30 am
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School of Social Work, Utopia Theatre
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX United States