Emerging Scholars Program

BUSSW’s Emerging Scholars Program connects BU community members with early-career scholars leading innovative research in climate and environmental justice.

An initiative of the BUSSW Equity & Inclusion Committee, the program prioritizes work by individuals from backgrounds that are underrepresented in academia and includes MSW class visits, networking opportunities and a spring colloquium open to the public. 


Social Work, Climate & Environmental Justice

March 23, 2023

Climate change is the defining crisis of our time. While social work scholars and practitioners have long committed to improving conditions for the oppressed populations and communities most affected, there is a critical need for more research about the human dimension of the climate crisis. In order to address the negative consequences of environmental injustice and ecocide, social work needs to develop effective policy, mitigation, and adaptation efforts through a multifaceted response based in interlocking principles of equity, sustainability, mitigation, resilience, and justice.

In support of this work, the Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) Equity & Inclusion Committee established the Emerging Scholars Program which invites three early career scholars from underrepresented backgrounds in the academy to share their knowledge about climate and environmental justice with the BU community.

View the recording, recap and photos from the Emerging Scholars Colloquium here.

Meet Our Scholars

The BUSSW Emerging Scholars Program is funded by BU Diversity & Inclusion and co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health at BUSSW and BU School of Public Health’s Center for Climate and Health and Department of Environmental Health. The program is co-chaired by BUSSW faculty members Daniel Jacobson López, Dawn Belkin Martinez, and Ellen DeVoe.

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Register for the Emerging Scholars Colloquium

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