Events

Dec 8
Climate Justice Lecture: “The Geography of Injustice and the Ecology of Reparations”5:00 p.m.

How can centuries of environmental exploitation and social injustice in the U.S. be unraveled? Robin Morris Collin, the Norma Paulus Professor of Law at Willamette University...
December 8 5:00 p.m.

How can centuries of environmental exploitation and social injustice in the U.S. be unraveled? Robin Morris Collin, the Norma Paulus Professor of Law at Willamette University College of Law, will share her passion for creating solutions to remedy environmental injustice. She will deliver the 2020-21 Colin Ruagh O’Fallon Memorial lecture “The Geography of Injustice and the Ecology of Reparations” via Zoom.

Collin asserts that, driven by the legacies of colonialism and slavery, U.S. public policy has deliberately subordinated nature and people in pursuit of profit by discounting the value of people and places into commodities for transactional exchange. Our economy, which relies on patterns of extraction, consumption, and pollution, has deeply harmed the earth and its people. Poor communities, especially communities of color, are disproportionately impacted by pollution, waste disposal, hazardous sites, resource depletion, and disasters in the natural and built environment.

To visualize how people and places are affected by environmental injustice, Collin has been utilizing the EPA’s EJSCREEN: Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool, which collects and analyzes information to assess and compare environmental and human health risks borne by populations identified by race, national origin, or income. Injustice has literally been mapped.

Beyond defining the problems, Collin will outline key strategies that can lead to healing. She contends that in order to heal we must reestablish a reciprocity between ourselves and nature, and we need to center environmental justice in the heart of sustainability. To that end, Collin maintains that environmental justice must be included in the core curriculum so all will understand why equity matters. We must reexamine our shared histories and recognize the truth of where we are now—not try to deny or disguise it. She also believes that injured communities and damaged places need to be reconnected, one by one.

Collin believes that reparations can change the ecology of subordination, but not with payments—payments will not change systems. Sustainable community-based projects create new systems that bolster relationships between people and the land—like the Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network which is committed to culturally relevant, ancestrally guided, and ecologically sustainable, agricultural-based living. Healing entails a community-by-community focus on restorations, reparations, and re-creations.

Collin, the first U.S. law professor to teach sustainability courses in a U.S. law school, currently teaches Global Sustainability. Prior to her tenure at Willamette University, she was a professor at the University of Oregon’s Law School from 1993 to 2003. While at the UO, she cofounded the Coalition Against Environmental Racism’s Environmental Justice conference and the Sustainable Business Symposium, both of which continue into their second decade.

She has been awarded the David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award from the UO’s Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, the 2012 Oregon Woman of Achievement Award, the Leadership in Sustainability Award from the Oregon State Bar, the Campus Compact Faculty Award for Civic Engagement in Sustainability, and the national Environmental Justice Achievement Award from the Environmental Protection Agency for her work with the Oregon Environmental Justice Task Force. She was a founding board member of the Environmental Justice Action Group of Portland, and a founding member of Lawyers for a Sustainable Future.

Collin’s talk is free and open to the public. Registration is required to participate in the live Zoom event. Register at: ohc.uoregon.edu. The talk will be recorded and available for viewing on the OHC’s YouTube channel. For more information contact ohc@uoregon.edu

Jan 28
Health and Science Connect4:00 p.m.

Are you passionate about improving people’s lives through healthcare? Do you want to be on the cutting-edge of scientific research? Connect with...
January 28 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Are you passionate about improving people’s lives through healthcare? Do you want to be on the cutting-edge of scientific research? Connect with employers in healthcare, life science, biotech, and related fields to learn about career opportunities in a casual, fun, virtual “speed dating”-style event on Thursday, January 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. hosted on Zoom. Over the course of the event, you’ll have a chance to meet a new employer every 10 minutes! You’ll end the evening with a complete list of contact of the attending employers. 

Feb 10
Internship and Summer Job Expo11:00 a.m.

Did you know that a summer internship or work experience is one of the top things employers look for when recruiting students for...
February 10 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Did you know that a summer internship or work experience is one of the top things employers look for when recruiting students for post-graduation jobs?  Register on Handshake

Check out opportunities for all majors at this year’s Internship and Summer Job Expo on Wednesday, February 10, from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. This year’s fair takes place via Handshake. The virtual fair will include 30-minute group information sessions open to all interested students and 10-minute one-on-one quick informational interviews. Spots are limited, so be sure to register early to grab your spots with your favorite employers. Register on Handshake.

 

Feb 12
Derrick Bell Lecturenoon

American University Washington College of Law Professor Lia Epperson will deliver this year's Derrick Bell Lecture. Additional details to follow.
February 12 noon–1:15 p.m.
Online

American University Washington College of Law Professor Lia Epperson will deliver this year's Derrick Bell Lecture. Additional details to follow.

Feb 23
Business Connect4:00 p.m.

Do you enjoy meeting new people, solving problems, and setting goals and achieving them? Do you excel at leading teams? Do you love to share stories and persuade others?...
February 23 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Do you enjoy meeting new people, solving problems, and setting goals and achieving them? Do you excel at leading teams? Do you love to share stories and persuade others? Connect with employers in sales, marketing, business development, management, and related fields to learn about career opportunities in a casual, fun, virtual “speed dating”-style event on Thursday, February 23, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Over the course of the event, you’ll have a chance to meet a new employer every 10 minutes! And you'll end the evening with a complete contact list of attending recruiters. This event is a collaboration bewteen the University Career Center and the Lundquist Business College Mohr Career Services Office. Register on Handshake!

Mar 4
Tech Connect4:00 p.m.

Do you want to pursue a career in technology? Connect with tech employers to learn about career opportunities in a casual, fun, virtual “speed...
March 4 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Do you want to pursue a career in technology? Connect with tech employers to learn about career opportunities in a casual, fun, virtual “speed dating”-style event on Thursday, March 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Over the course of the event, you’ll have a chance to meet a new employer every several minutes! And you'll end the evening will a complete contact list of the attending recruiters. This event will take place live in Handshake.

Apr 15
Spring Senior Expo11:00 a.m.

Are you getting ready to graduate and aren't sure what path you'll take next? The Senior Spring Expo is your chance to connect with employers who are hiring graduating...
April 15 11:00 a.m.–3:00 a.m.

Are you getting ready to graduate and aren't sure what path you'll take next? The Senior Spring Expo is your chance to connect with employers who are hiring graduating seniors for career opportunities NOW! This virtual event is an all-majors fair. Check out the list of employers through Handshake.  

May 4
Cultural Connect4:00 p.m.

Are you passionate about entertainment or the arts? Do you want to forge a career path in communications? Connect with employers in communications,...
May 4 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Are you passionate about entertainment or the arts? Do you want to forge a career path in communications? Connect with employers in communications, entertainment, the arts, and related fields to learn about career opportunities in a casual, fun “speed dating”-style event on Tuesday, May 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Over the course of the event, you’ll have a chance to meet a new employer every 10 minutes! Register on Handshake!

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