Community and Environmental Justice
Community and Environmental Justice

DePaul’s commitment to social equity runs deep in our mission. Here we take a holistic, multi-faceted approach to justice that incorporates the communities and individuals most profoundly affected. Here are a few examples of programs that address systemic inequality:


Environmental Science (MS)

Gain conservation skills and tools with an MS in Environmental Science and Studies. Our faculty incorporate critical research on environmental justice for underrepresented groups in their work. Visit Dr. Xorla Ocloo’s lab, where you can investigate how environmental and social factors affect food systems in majority Black communities in the United States and Africa, and how to achieve a more just agriculture.


Community Psychology (MS) and Community Psychology (MA/PhD)

Find solutions to a wide array of social issues, from educational failure to substance abuse and violence. Our faculty lead the field in cutting-edge research on community equity and justice. Learn about Dr. Molly Brown’s Homelessness Advocacy, Research, and Collaboration (HARC) Lab. Her team researches community interventions for homelessness, conducts training, program evaluation and consultation for partner organizations, and engages in grassroots advocacy for affordable housing.


Psychological Science (MA/PhD)

The Psychological Science program helps students develop scientific solutions to real-world problems. Faculty engage in a wide variety of innovative research in social, developmental, cognitive, and neuroscience areas, including studies that focus on community justice. For example, learn about Christine Reyna’s research on political and social issues, such as racial discrimination, LGBTQA attitudes, immigration, poverty, health care, police violence, and White nationalism.