U-M hosting virtual conversation about roles cultural institutions can play in environmental justice

U-M accepting public feedback during month of January

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ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History and Shapiro Undergraduate Library are hosting a virtual community conversation this month about the role museums, libraries and more can play in supporting environmental justice.

The cultural institutions are looking for feedback and insight from people across Southeast Michigan -- a region that has experienced firsthand environmental injustice, from air quality issues in Detroit to the Flint water crisis.

Join the conversation at envforum.consider.it.

According to the group, members of the public are encouraged to share their ideas in the following ways:

  • Navigate to the Share Your Priorities tab to post project ideas, rank your priorities, leave comments, and respond to other forum participants.
  • Email your original art, poetry, photos, and videos about environmental justice work in libraries and museums to ummnh.envforum@umich.edu.
  • Leave us a 60-second voicemail at 313-757-1872.
  • Write to us at PO Box 7323 Ann Arbor, MI 48107.
  • Tag us on Instagram @ummnh_museum, Twitter @UMMNH , or find us on Facebook.
  • You can also tag #UMMNH #EnviroJusticeForum #SEMichEJForum.

The group will be hosting a live webinar tutorial on how to use the site on Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 6-7 p.m.

Join the Zoom meeting here.

Have questions? Contact ummnh.envforum@umich.edu.

About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.