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Community Resilience Co-lab

environmental justice collective

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The Community Resilience Co-lab was a project incubated by UCI Community Resilience Projects. The UCI Sustainability Resource Center now supports students to lead this work through an Environmental Justice Collective.

The Community Resilience Co-Lab aimed to build a stronger campus community response to the enduring and intersecting crises of environmental, racial, and social injustice. The Co-lab brought together UCI graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and staff from across disciplines and departments to co-generate critical and collaborative shared space. From 2017-19, we used the Co-lab to experiment with deepening connection, skills, and critical analysis related to these issues in ways that embody the values underlying the world we seek to create. A rotating planning team comprised of student leaders convened the 2019 Co-lab, and in 2020, student leadership at the Sustainability Resource Center continued the co-lab’s efforts through an Environmental Justice Collective.

The Co-lab aimed to generate:

  • A safe, collaborative space for campus organizers, faculty, graduate students and undergraduates who aim to create fertile ground for communal care, resilience, and liberation;
  • Deepened and strengthened intellectual and community relationships;
  • Increased shared analysis of the intersections among environmental, racial, and social injustice;
  • An agile network to withstand and work with related challenges that arise here on campus; and
  • Increased familiarity with concrete skills, tools, methods, and knowledge to liberate and support Co-lab participants’ commitment to communities and social justice.

Student Involvement
Undergraduate, graduate and professional school students are welcome to participate in the Environmental Justice Collective through the UCI Sustainability Resource Center. Please email communityresilience@uci.edu to express your interest to get involved. 

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What’s Happening Now

At the 2017 100% Renewable Energy Conference, students told UC President Janet Napolitano how student efforts led UCI to switch to an all electric bus fleet and urged UC to pursue sustainability and student basic needs like food and housing security as hand-in-hand goals.

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