$4.5 million grant to fund racial and climate justice issues

A $4.5 million grant was awarded to the University of Idaho Confluence Lab and two other schools to address racial and climate justice issues. 

The confluence lab will focus on the connections between fire, social justice, environmental justice, and traditionally underrepresented communities, drawing on the environmental humanities to tell stories about the changing region.

“Wildfires highlight some of the social crises we are facing,” professor Jennifer Ladino said. “By focusing on people’s personal experiences with fire, we can better listen to a diversity of rural voices and address social justice issues like settler colonialism, environmental racism and socioeconomic inequities.”