Environmental Justice


The Environmental Justice Studies program at Whittier College furthers social and racial justice and values diverse peoples’ cultural relationships and understandings with land, ecologies, and the environment.

Faculty share their interdisciplinary understandings of historical and culturally rooted contemporary ways of being one with nature against environmental colonialism and racism with their educational and local community.

The program's courses and curriculum decolonize mainstream understandings of environmentalism and investigate the causes and effects of the global climate crisis rooted in racist environmental policies that are disproportionately felt and lived by marginalized peoples.

The Environmental Justice major also empowers students to seek meaningful and effective redress for environmental harms that disproportionately impact indigenous peoples and low-income and communities of color around the globe.


Rebecca Overmyer-Velázquez
Program Coordinator
562.907.4200 x4353