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Racial Equity, Social Justice, and Sustainability Series

About This Guide

In conjunction with the Racial Equity, Social Justice and Sustainability Series, this guide contains resources that address health disparities resulting from racism and that promote health equity and environmental justice. It is also a home for information related to the College of Staten Island's commitment to interrogating Racism as a Public Health Crisis.   

Fall 2021 Event

Zoom Virtual Event

October 6, 2021, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

The event was part of the Racial Equity, Social Justice and Sustainability Series hosted by the Office of Sustainable Community Planning in collaboration with CSI Tech Incubator. View the event here.

Melissa Checker is the Hagedorn Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College, and Associate Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focuses on environmental justice activism in the U.S., urban sustainability and environmental gentrification. She is the author of The Sustainability Myth: Environmental Gentrification and the Politics of Justice (2020), and Polluted Promises: Environmental Racism and the Search for Justice in a Southern Town (2005). She also coedited Sustainability in the Global City: Myth and Practice (Cambridge 2015) and Local Actions: Cultural Activism, Power, and Public Life (2004) and has published numerous articles in academic journals as well as mainstream publications.

Prof. Checker's book, The Sustainability Myth: Environmental Gentrification and the Politics of Justice, is available as an eBook from the Library to CSI students, faculty, and staff. To access the book, click on this link.

Health Disparities: Definition and Strategies from the CDC

Health disparities are differences in health outcomes and their causes among groups of people. Many health disparities are related to social determinants of health, the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. Identification and awareness of differences among populations regarding health determinants and health outcome are essential steps toward reducing health disparities. The future health of the nation will be determined, to a large extent, by how effectively federal, state, and local agencies and private organizations work with communities to eliminate health disparities among those populations experiencing a disproportionate burden of disease, disability, and death.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention

"Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities"

Source:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, Office of Minority Health

Health Disparities and Racism Information Overview