Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, will present Philadelphia University’s annual Dietrich V. Asten Lecture on “Upholding the Beloved Community: Advancing a Just Transition to a Livable Planet” on Monday, April 10.
Patterson is a prominent researcher, advocate and activist for women’s rights, violence against women, HIV and AIDS, racial justice, economic justice and environmental and climate justice.
“We are so pleased to welcome Ms. Patterson, an international leader in environmental justice, to Philadelphia University,” said Provost Matt Dane Baker. “Ms. Patterson’s transdisciplinary research in population health and human and civil rights and her international advocacy work on economic justice, environmental and climate justice are critically important to our times and highly relevant to the academic programs offered at PhilaU.”
Patterson cofounded Women of Color United and has served as a senior women’s rights policy analyst for ActionAid, where she integrated a women’s rights lens for the issues of food rights, macroeconomics and climate change. Previously, she was assistant vice president of HIV/AIDS programs for IMA World Health, providing management and technical assistance to medical facilities and programs in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean.
She currently serves on the international committee of the U.S. Social Forum, steering committee for Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, advisory board for the Center for Earth Ethics and on the board of directors for the Institute of the Black World, Center for Story Based Strategy, GRID Alternatives and US Climate Action Network.
Her articles include “Jobs vs Health: An Unnecessary Dilemma,” “Climate Change is a Civil Rights Issue,” “Just Energy Policies: Reducing Pollution, Creating Jobs,” and the chapter “Equity in Disasters: Civil and Human Rights Challenges in the Context of Emergency Events” in the book “Building Community Resilience Post-Disaster.” She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.
The Dietrich V. Asten Lecture at PhilaU is supported by an endowment for lectures in the humanities, sciences, arts and government that enrich the educational experience of students in the University’s professional majors.
“Upholding the Beloved Community: Advancing a Just Transition to a Livable Planet” will be presented Monday, April 10 at 6 p.m. in the Kanbar Performance Space. The lecture is free and open to the public. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.