It's an infuriating reality: Communities that have been disadvantaged due to discrimination are disproportionately affected by environmental harms. By studying the evolution of environmental issues through time and from diverse perspectives, you'll learn how to help promote economic growth and environmental conservation in truly equitable and inclusive ways.
You'll have opportunities to participate in internships with nonprofits, museums, outdoor education facilities and other organizations, such as:
With our many active faculty research labs, you'll have opportunities to participate in research that aligns with your goals and interests. You can also apply for a Research, Engagement and Academic Diversity Grant to help fund your research or special project.
You can go on trips—or even find a job—with NIU Outdoor Adventures, a program that helps students from all backgrounds connect with nature. You can also volunteer in our Communiversity Gardens, check out the Environmental Law Society or join another student group, such as:
When you graduate, you'll be ready to help address contemporary environmental challenges from the perspective of equity and justice. Some jobs you could have include: