Social Justice Now Symposium
Environmental Justice in the Urban Context
Saturday, March 13, 2010
University of Michigan-Flint
Harding Mott University Center
The “Social Justice Now” Symposium is a day long conference aimed at providing a forum for the exchange of knowledge, perspectives, research and best practices, concerning issues of social inequity. Through this exchange of ideas it is intentioned that educators, community members and policy makers will align themselves to actively seek informed solutions to creating balance in an unbalanced world.
8:30am - Registration, Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30am - Welcome and Purpose (KIVA)
9:30 - 10:40am - Session 1
10:45 - 11:55am - Session 2
Noon - 1:50 pm - Lunchtime Keynote Speaker-Donele Wilkins
2:00pm - 3:15pm - Community Roundtable
3:30pm - 5:00pm - Closing Keynote Speaker-Majora Carter
Lunchtime Keynote Speaker- Donele Wilkins
Donele Wilkins is Co-founder and Executive Director of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, a non-profit organization addressing urban environmental issues in the city of Detroit. She is also Founder and Co-Chair of the National Black Environmental Justice Network. She is the recipient of several awards, fellowships and special recognition for her contribution on behalf of the community.
Closing Keynote Speaker- Majora Carter
From 2001 to 2008 she was Executive Director of the non-profit she founded: Sustainable South Bronx – where she pioneered green-collar job training and placement systems in one of the most environmentally and economically challenged parts of the US. This MacArthur “genius” is now president of her own economic consulting firm, a co-host on Sundance Channel’s The Green, and host of a new special public radio series called, The Promised Land.