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CANCELED: Are Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Environmental Burdens Linked to Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health?

A PSC Brown Bag Seminar

Paul Mohai (SEAS, SRC)

Tuesday, 3/17/2020, 12:00pm.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: ISR-Thompson 6050

CANCELED: This PSC Brownbag has been canceled due to an abundance of caution around the COVID-19 virus.


The environmental justice movement in the U.S. has been spurred in large measure by concerns about the health consequences of living in communities overburdened by air and water pollution and other forms of environmental contamination. In the past three decades, a considerable amount of evidence has accumulated that communities of color and poor communities are disproportionately burdened by environmental contaminants of a wide variety. However, empirical research linking disproportionate environmental burdens with disproportionate health outcomes have been more limited. In this presentation, Prof. Mohai will discuss the challenges of conducting such research, current opportunities, and where future research is likely to head.

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Paul Mohai is a Faculty Associate at the Survey Research Center (SRC) and a Professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS). His teaching and research interests are focused on environmental justice, public opinion and the environment, and influences on environmental policymaking. He is a founder of the Environmental Justice Program at the University of Michigan and a major contributor to the growing body of quantitative research examining disproportionate environmental burdens and their impacts on low income and people of color communities. In 1990, he organized with Dr. Bunyan Bryant the "Michigan Conference on Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards", which was credited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as one of two events bringing the issue of Environmental Justice to the attention of the Agency. He is author or co-author of numerous articles, books, and reports focused on race and the environment, including "Environmental Racism: Reviewing the Evidence", "Race and the Incidence of Environmental Hazards", "Toxic Waste and Race at Twenty", and "Which Came First, People or Pollution?". His current research involves national-level studies examining the causes of environmental disparities and the role environmental factors play in accounting for racial and socioeconomic disparities in health.

Prof. Mohai is a past member of the USEPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (2007-2013). He was a member of the Governor's Environmental Justice Work Group (2017-2018) charged with developing an Environmental Justice Plan for Michigan and is currently a member of Michigan's Advisory Council on Environmental Justice (MAC-EJ). He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Environmental Justice Movement Project (ENVJUSTICE), which is documenting and mapping environmental justice conflicts around the world. Professor Mohai has provided testimony on environmental justice to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1993, 1999, and 2019, the U.S. Senate in 2007, and the Michigan Civil Rights Commission in 2016.

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