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Graduate School Public Lectures

Upholding the Beloved Community: Advancing a Just and Equitable Transition to a Low Carbon World

Mon. Nov. 7, 2016      7:30 p.m.

Kane Hall 120, UW Campus

Jacqueline Patterson

Director, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

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As a courtesy, there will be a wait list at the event. You are invited to add your name to the list beginning 45 minutes prior to the lecture at the check-in desk in the lobby of Kane Hall.

When the effects of unchecked resource extraction and development are weighed, the burdens fall heavier on communities already at risk. Jacqueline Patterson explores the intersection of climate science and social justice, and how we can work together to advance equitable environment preservation.

Jacqueline Patterson is the director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007, Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. She has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV & AIDS, racial justice, economic justice and environmental and climate justice. Patterson served as a senior women’s rights policy analyst for ActionAid, where she integrated a women’s rights lens for the issues of food rights, macroeconomics and climate change as well as the intersection of violence against women and HIV & AIDS.

Previously, she served as assistant vice-president of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health providing management and technical assistance to medical facilities and programs in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Patterson served as the outreach project associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and research coordinator for Johns Hopkins University. She also served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica, West Indies.

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