Dear Howard University,
Environmental justice has become one of the most critical arenas of the social justice movement. For our society to become more diverse, more equal and more inclusive, we have to focus as much on our physical environment as our social one. We must become conscientious stewards of the resources we use and the structures we build. As much as social justice is predicated on change, we cannot disregard that which we must preserve.
In this issue of Bison Beat, we explore the issue of climate change and the many it has influenced what is taking place on our campus right now. From reorienting our academic curricula to emphasize sustainability to ensuring the environmental emphasis of Howard’s own construction and renovation projects, Howard is quickly becoming a leading institution in environmental justice. Considering our legacy of cultivating social justice leaders, it only makes sense that we should produce the next environmental justice leaders as well. We need to marshal all our disciplines – architecture, law, science and politics – to this critical cause.
Excellence in Truth and Service,
Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA
Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery