EP98: Environmental Justice as Social Work Practice

Christina Erickson

We speak about environmental justice with Christina Erickson, MSW, PhD, professor and chair of the social work department at Augsburg University. 

Dr. Erickson co-developed the environmental studies program at Augsburg and teaches the course Environmental Justice and Social Change. She was on the national working group to develop the Curricular Guide for Environmental Justice in 2020. 

Dr. Erickson is the author of “Environmental Justice as Social Work Practice,” (Oxford University Press, 2018) and “Spanked: How Hitting Our Children Is Harming Ourselves” (Oxford University Press, 2022).

Our host for this conversation is NASW staffer Josh Klapperick, MSW.

Posted March 7, 2023

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Environmental Justice as Social Work Practice

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