Student Leadership Opportunity

Hello University of Oregon Students,

We are writing on behalf of the ASUO student group Coalition Against Environmental Racism (CAER). CAER is committed to bridging the gap between the struggle for social and environmental equality. CAER has the dual mission of educating the campus about Environmental Racism and building coalitions within the University community to foster activism in the Environmental Justice Movement. Unfortunately, this next term, Spring 2011, two of the three CAER student leaders will be studying abroad. Consequently, we need two interim student leaders for next term, Spring 2011.

This position requires the applicant to attend CAER’s weekly meetings (Tuesday at 7:00 PM in the Multicultural Center). Most importantly, the applicant will assist with the organization and implementation of CAER’s 16th Annual Grassroots Environmental Justice Conference (April 31-May1). In addition, this position requires attendance at the occasional Program Council Meetings and/or Multicultural Board meetings.

This position does have a stipend. However, the stipend is not enough to fully compensate the applicant for the time spent in this position. Please do not apply unless you are interested in Environmental Justice and are willing to spend at least 5 hours a week on the group. Please anticipate allocating more than five hours a week leading up the conference, which occurs during the middle of Spring Term.

We will interview all applicants in the coming weeks. Please note that this position is only for Spring 2011. You are welcome to take part in the standard officer election for next year, but your position would be in no way guaranteed. Please submit a resume to as soon as possible. Feel free to email CAER if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting you.

Thank you,

Nick Hayman and Natalie Kessler

Coalition Against Environmental Racism

16th Annual CAER conference is coming up on April 30th and May 1st!

Free Food! Free Knowledge! Free Event!

We are really excited for this year! We are still in the planning process, but we are looking to host exciting panels and speakers in a variety of Environmental Justice issues including food justice, indigenous rights, and climate justice.

We would like for all those interested to attend our weekly meeting at 7 pm in the MCC (beneath Panda express in the EMU) to help us plan and voice your ideas!

Here is a little taste of what you might see at this conference!

Sun Come Up Trailer

CAER-stravaganza! Puppet show! Hors d’oeuvres!

Join us for our last event of the year!

What: CAER-stravaganza! Featuring the debut of the CAER puppet show troupe and delectable hors d’oeuvres!

When: 6:30pm, Thursday, May 28

Where: The Break, EMU (pool hall)

Interested in social justice and environmental issues? Come learn about environmental justice and CAER! We’ll have a delightful original puppet show, mingle, and hang out! Come by for a study break and learn how you can help promote environmental justice! Our events are always FREE and open to the public.

For more information:

14th Annual Grassroots Environmental Justice Conference!!

“Voices for Environmental Justice”

April 25-26, 2009

University of Oregon

**This event is free! No registration required!**

Tentative Conference Schedule Now Available! 

14th EJ Conference Schedule

CAER’s Spring 2009 Newsletter: Conference Edition, with articles from CAER members and speaker biographies for the conference, is also now available! 

Ground Up: An Environmental Justice Newsletter (Spring 09)

Winter Term Speaker: Dr. Robert Bullard


Dr. Robert Bullard, Father of the Environmental Justice Movement
Dr. Robert Bullard

Dr. Robert Bullard

“Growing Smarter to Achieve Healthy and Livable Conditions”

7pm (Doors open 6:30)

Tuesday February 17, 2009

150 Columbia Hall

University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403




The Coalition Against Environmental Racism is proud to present Dr. Robert Bullard in a Winter Term Speaker event! This event will be a preview for the 14th Annual Grassroots Environmental Justice Conference in April!


Dr. Bullard is the Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. Furthermore, Dr. Bullard has been referred to as the father of the Environmental Justice movement, in part due to his numerous influential works. The topics of his books include pressing issues such as sustainable development, environmental racism, climate justice, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity. He will give a talk entitled “Growing Smarter to Achieve Healthy and Livable Conditions” at 7pm, Tuesday February 17th, 2009. This free event will be held in 150 Columbia Hall at the University of Oregon.

This event is co-sponsored by the Savage Endowment, Multicultural Center, Oregon Humanities Center, Cultural Forum, OIED, Environmental Studies, Office of Sustainability, Wayne Morse Center, Department of Sociology, Department of Political Science, Department of Ethnic Studies, Environmental and Natural Resource Law, UO MEChA, and the ASUO Senate.