The Latinxs and the Environment Initiative is a 3 year old effort started in UC Berkeley that seeks to establish a comprehensive program designed to generate knowledge and encourage increased study and research on Latinxs and the environment—both in the U.S. and abroad with the coordinated participation of policy makers, community based organizations (CBOs) and the academic community.


Call for Abstract Proposals for “Biomigrations: Food Sovereignty, Security, and Justice in the Americas” Conference
Due February 28

Are you a graduate/undergraduate student, community member, or artist working in the fields of food sovereignty, food security, or food justice? If so, the Berkeley Food Institute Graduate Student Council invites you to submit an abstract to the Biomigrations conference! The conference will be interdisciplinary and transnational, and we encourage submissions from all fields of study.

See conference overview here and submit an abstract here

2021 Berkeley Food Institute Food Justice Writing Contest

Berkeley Food Institute

Due March 31
The Berkeley Food Institute will be hosting a writing contest to amplify student voices in the UC Berkeley community on the topic of the intersections between COVID-19 and food justice. The contest is open to all UC Berkeley students and is free to enter. Judging will be conducted by a mix of Berkeley faculty, external editors, and BFI staff. Cash prizes will be awarded for winning entries, which will be posted on the BFI website. BFI will also support winning submissions to be published in other off and on-campus publications. This is your chance to share your voice and bring to light issues that you care about deeply!
See contest details here.

Many students have been outspoken in demanding climate justice training, and the APHA Center for Climate, Health and Equity hears you. That’s why the Center is proud to offer, for a second year, an opportunity for students to galvanize action on climate justice within and across academic communities.

The Center will award up to five college or university student groups with $500 each to create a Virtual Academic Community Experience during National Public Health Week (April 5-11, 2021). While the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping us physically apart, these Virtual Academic Community Experiences will spark an important dialogue on the connections between climate change and health inequities and inspire action.

Don’t delay — the application deadline is March 1, 2021.


Learn more about our stipend recipients and their research proposals! (click the photo below)

COVID-19 Updates:

As the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to threaten daily protocol, we are encouraging our students and peers to wash their hands whenever possible and to avoid touching sensitive areas on their face like their mouth, nose and eyes. As UC Berkeley has chosen to go completely online until the end of the Spring semester, we are also adapting. We are postponing guest speakers for our seminar and planning on meeting online through options like Google Hangouts and Zoom.

We also want to acknowledge that this disease has become somewhat racialized but we in no way believe that a proper response to the issue is xenophobia. We encourage everyone to take care of themselves while also thinking about more vulnerable populations like those who are immunocompromised and more susceptible to the virus like the elderly.

Updates for the UC Berkeley campus can be found here.

The latest University Health Services update can be found here.