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SOU lands grant for ‘equity and climate resilience’

Jamie Lusch / Mail TribuneKoko Petitt, left, and Anne Bryan walk through Southern Oregon University on Tuesday.

Southern Oregon University’s Social Justice and Equity Center has been awarded a $6,000 grant from a Boston-based nonprofit to establish an “equity and climate resilience” program and hire a student equity and climate resilience fellow.

According to an SOU news release, the student fellow will support collaboration between those working toward racial or social justice and others advocating climate resilience and adaptation.

"Southern Oregon University recognizes the intersection of social equity and climate justice, and is delighted to have received funding from Second Nature to help further our work in this area,” SOU President Linda Schott said. “Sustainability is a critical aspect of our strategic plan, our values at SOU and our daily operations. We work across the board to ensure our culture is infused with sustainability."

The grant is from Second Nature, whose goal, according to its mission statement, is to accelerate climate action in and through higher education. SOU was among 90 institutions to become “charter signatories” in 2016 to Second Nature’s Climate Commitment, which requires schools to set climate targets and provide progress reports.

SOU was one of eight North American higher education institutions to be awarded “Acceleration Fund” grants for projects that focus on long-term, campus-community activities that are likely to continue after the one-year grant term expires.