Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

Environmental & Climate Justice

University of Illinois Chicago

Environmental Studies


Rosa M. Cabrera

Undergraduate lecture

Group projects

Course Description

This course examines the environmental justice movement and its connection to climate change. It scrutinizes larger systems of power and privilege that produce unjust environmental and climate conditions putting communities of color, immigrants, indigenous, and low-income earners at greater risk. This course will use transnational case studies from Chicago’s Latinx community, Puerto Rico, the U.S./Mexico border and other localities to examine the intersection of environmental hazards and climate change with migration, displacement, surveillance, identity, and COVID-19. This is a highly collaborative course that requires full participation in the reading discussions so that students in working groups can draw upon learned frameworks to complete a public memory project developed in collaboration with partner organizations Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) and Alianza Americas.