What is EJCC?

Duke’s Environmental Justice Campus Committee (EJCC) is a coalition of students, faculty, and staff representing affinity groups and departments across the university that is working to better incorporate environmental justice into Duke’s curriculum, programming, and decision-making.

EJ Resource Site

Here is a comprehensive overview of EJ opportunities at Duke and beyond, including classes and research opportunities as well as general EJ resources, such as books and movies.

History of EJCC

The Environmental Justice Campus Committee (EJCC) was started in the Fall of 2020 to better address campus environmental justice by doing the following:

  • Collaboration – We see this space as an opportunity for student groups, centers and entities who may not usually work together to come together and find opportunities to collaborate on programs, events, etc. 
  • Curriculum development – Creating new, interdepartmental coursework centering around environmental justice and utilizing the knowledge and finding opportunities to incorporate EJ themes into existing coursework and requirements. 
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – This committee is a great opportunity to bring environmental opportunity directly to the doorstep of Duke’s diverse student body, and to bring themes of justice, race, and culture to the environmental student body. 
  • Major programming – Engaging students in EJ topics outside of the classroom is critical to creating a conscientious campus environment. In 2021, the EJCC hosted its first Environmental Justice Symposium, consisting of 15 guest speakers from around the world. Check it out HERE: https://emilynagamoto.wixsite.com/ej-symposium-duke
  • EJ faculty/staff opportunities – This work cannot fall on students alone and one of the EJCC’s goals is to establish faculty and staff positions designed to cement environmental justice within the university.
  • Duke accountability – We would like this committee to eventually be considered the go to for sustainability and justice based decision making at Duke. This space is designed to act as a body that checks the university around DEI and environmental justice in its operations, programming, and academic offerings.
  • Inter-institutional/community accountability – This body, through the creation of a Duke/Durham subcommittee is also a resource for the Durham community and other institutions or organizations to connect with Duke around EJ or institutional accountability.

Contact Us 

Current EJCC Members

  • Duke Undergraduate Environmental Union
  •  Nicholas School for the Environment:
    • Environmental Science/Environmental Science and Policy
    • Earth and Ocean Science
  • Energy Initiative
  • Duke Campus Farm
  • Asia/Pacific Studies Institute
  • Franklin Humanities Institute
  • Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies
  • Center for Multicultural Affairs
  • Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture
  • Environmental Justice Lab
  • Duke Environmental Justice Network
  • Mi Gente 
  • Asian Student Association  
  • Duke Student Government (Services and Sustainability, Equity and Outreach)
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Duke Conservation Tech
  • Nicholas School for the Environmental Black Lives Matter student coalition
  • Sustainable Duke
  • Blue Devils United
  • Environmental Alliance
  • Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
  • Policy for the People
  • Duke Energy Club
  • Native American Student Alliance
  • Duke Climate Coalition
  • Sunrise Durham
  • Duke Office of Civic Engagement
  • Kenan Institute of Ethics
  • The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity