Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) have long led movements to protect our communities and the planet. However, BIPOC voices are often excluded and silenced in mainstream environmentalism. The Social Sustainability Coalition, which is part of the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability, acknowledges the damage caused by this lack of representation. BIPOC communities are not only integral to the sustainability movement’s progress, but also experience disproportionate environmental harm. As a part of our ongoing efforts to recenter these critical voices, we invite you to join the Social Sustainability Coalition in our Amplifying BIPOC Voices in Sustainability series.
Each month, the series will highlight the work of one or more UW-Madison BIPOC community members engaging with sustainability. Leading up to the event, we will use our social media platforms to share resources with the Badger community, inviting our audience to learn with us about the current topic. On the last Wednesday of the month, we will host a virtual event where attendees have the opportunity to learn firsthand from the featured community member(s).
We want to emphasize that we are not experts, but will be learning alongside our audience! We hope this series will help UW-Madison’s sustainability community to engage in critical conversations, cultivate active learning, and celebrate the incredible initiatives led by BIPOC members of our community. If you have any questions or identify as BIPOC and are interested in highlighting your work in this series, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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