Jacqueline Patterson to speak on racial justice and climate change at Colorado State Sept. 19

FORT COLLINS – Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, will speak on “Resistance, Resilience, Reclamation, Revolution — Racial Justice, Human Rights, and Climate Change” Sept. 19, 6 p.m., in the Lory Student Center Theatre on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins. The event is free and open to the public.

Her keynote address is presented in partnership with CSU’s 16th annual Diversity Symposium, which continues with free events throughout the week.

As part of her visit to campus, Patterson will meet with both student leaders in sustainability and diversity programs and university administrators and deans to explore the intersectionalities between climate and racial justice at CSU.

Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator and co-founder of Women of Color United. She has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate, and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV/AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. 

Patterson holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

Patterson’s visit to CSU is sponsored by the President’s Sustainability Committee, ASCSU Environmental Affairs, Environmental Justice CSU, Facilities Management, Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise MBA, Housing & Dining Services, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Student Affairs, Student Sustainability Center, and TILT.

Other speakers during the week will be journalist Maria Hinojosa on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. in the LSC Theatre, and attorney and author Bryan Stevenson, Thursday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m., in the LSC Grand Ballroom, part of the Morgan Library’s Evening with an Author Series. All presentations are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the Diversity Symposium website: diversity.colostate.edu/diversity-symposium/