We are pleased to announce the 2021 Courageous and Transformative Action for Environmental Justice Writing Award. The Award is available to UCI undergraduate and graduate students to share their reflections on, and research about, environmental justice. The Award lifts up struggles and leadership for environmental justice, with a focus on collective efforts to advance global environmental health, ecological restoration, and community solutions, broadly conceived.
The Courageous and Transformative Action for Environmental Justice Writing Award was established in 2019 by the Department of African American Studies, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication, Community Resilience, and Schools of Education, Law, Social Ecology, and Social Sciences. The Award follows the living model of Flint, Michigan, pediatrician and environmental justice advocate, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (author of What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, 2018) whose commitment to young people’s health and rights to clean water brought national attention to the Flint water crisis. It draws inspiration from exceptional community leaders who, like Dr.Hanna-Attisha, have taken personal risks and overcome social and political barriers to champion environmental justice—through organizing in their own communities and activism that reaches beyond. Moved, also, by Will See of Detroit, Michigan, whose work as a contemporary performance artist, writer, and environmental justice cultural worker bridges music, poetry, education, and organizing; we welcome submissions from all genres and disciplines (e.g., political and policy analyses, creative writing, translation of science into action, choreography) as long as they are intelligible for lay audiences. Both Dr. Hanna-Attisha and Will See visited UC Irvine to work with our communities in Winter 2019.