For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

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TUC’s Environmental Justice and Public Health Lecture Series: Climate Justice and Resilience


(Vallejo, CA – September 23, 2019) – On Monday, October 7, Touro University California (TUC) will host the fourth lecture in its free, fifth Annual Social Justice in Public Health Lecture Series. This year’s focus is on environmental justice and public health examining the ongoing impact of environmental risks on our health. 

In the fourth of this six-lecture series, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, Jacqueline Patterson, will discuss the civil and human rights challenges that result from climate change’s impacts and how to build resilient communities ready for future environmental disasters. 


  • Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program and Co-Founder of Women of Color United
  • Audience: TUC faculty, staff, students and interested community members

WHERE: Lander Hall, Touro University Campus, Lander Hall Room A-164, 105 Owen Drive, Vallejo, CA 94592

WHEN: Monday, October 7, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception to follow. If you cannot make this lecture, below is a list of the remaining lectures and their titles/speakers. We encourage you to attend any and all that interest you.

  • 10/28: Environmental Justice Struggles from the Frontlines
  • 11/11: Community Action for the Environment: Equity and Economy

REGISTRATION: Lectures are free and open to the public but advance registration is required. To register please visit:  

AVAILABLE INTERVIEWS/VISUALS FOR MEDIA: Interviews and photos with Ms. Patterson, an expert on civil rights issues related to climate change and associated environmental disasters, as well as faculty, medical/public health professionals and community members in attendance.

WHY: Our attention to environmental health issues is often the result of emergencies: Zika virus outbreaks; Flint, Michigan’s water crisis; Hurricane Katrina. TUC’s School of Public Health is hosting a series of six lectures by nationally recognized leaders in the field to expand our awareness of the ongoing impact of environmental risks on our health through a lens focused on social justice – particularly the disproportionate risks borne by low-income communities and communities of color.

SPEAKER BIO: Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program and Co-Founder of Women of Color United. Ms. 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. She has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist on women’s rights, violence against women, HIV and AIDS, racial justice, economic justice and environmental and climate justice. She has published a variety of articles including: “Climate Change is a Civil Rights Issue,” “Disasters, Climate Change Uproot Women of Color,” “And the People Shall Lead: Centralizing Frontline Community Leadership in the Movement Towards a Sustainable Planet,” and a chapter on “Equity in Disasters: Civil and Human Rights Challenges in the Context of Emergency Events” in the book Building Community Resilience Post-Disaster. Patterson currently serves on the International Committee on the US Social Forum, the Steering Committee for Interfaith Moral Action on Climate, the Advisory Board for the Center for Earth Ethics as well as on the Boards of Directors for the Institute of the Black World, Center for Story Based Strategy and the US Climate Action Network.

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: