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Date(s) - Tuesday, Sep 15
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Equity Talks Series: Systemic Racism and the Disproportionate Impact of Environmental Risks and Harms on Communities of Color

About this Event

Laws, policies and societal practices that subject many communities of color to inadequate education, segregated communities, lack of political and financial power, and other barriers, have also resulted in such communities being disproportionately exposed to environmental pollution, contamination and dangerous toxins, which negatively impact their health and home values. Our panelists will examine these and other environmental injustices and discuss current initiatives designed to create more inclusive and equitable environmental laws, regulations, policies and practices, as well as equal and fair access to a healthy environment for all.

This event is Free and Open to the Public. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants a few days before the event.

Speakers: (Additional Speakers TBD)


Professor of Law

Howard University

Professor Carlton Waterhouse is an international expert on environmental law and environmental justice, as well as reparations and redress for historic injustices. He recently testified on the importance of reparations for African Americans before the Inter- American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. He is a Fulbright research scholar and is a board member of the Environmental Law Institute. His views have been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets. He is a highly sought-after speaker who regularly addresses national and international audiences. His forthcoming book with Cambridge University Press explores the historic and contemporary role of the United States Supreme Court in maintaining racial hierarchy. His scholarship includes essays, articles, and book chapters focused on the ethical and legal dimensions of environmental justice and reparations.

Professor Waterhouse is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where he studied engineering and the ethics of technology before deciding to study law. He is a graduate of the Howard University School of Law. While in law school, he served as an intern with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

After completing law school, Professor Waterhouse began his career as an attorney with the EPA, where he served in the Office of Regional Counsel in Atlanta, Georgia and the Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C. At the EPA, he served as the chief counsel for the agency in several significant cases and as a national and regional expert on environmental justice, earning three of the Agency’s prestigious national awards. His responsibilities at the EPA included enforcement actions under numerous environmental statutes, the development of regional and national policy on Environmental Justice and the application of the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the EPA permitting actions.

Professor Waterhouse graduated with honors from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University with a Master of Theological Studies degree and from the Emory University Graduate School with a Ph.D. in Social Ethics.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, Professor Waterhouse examines civil rights and human rights issues in his scholarship and service. Professor Waterhouse actively participates in national and local organizations protecting civil rights and formerly served on a advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He teaches property law, environmental law, and administrative law related courses and is building the Howard University Environmental Justice Center at Howard Law School.

About the Host:

This event is brought to you by the Chicago-Kent College of Law Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Continuing Legal Education (although CLE credit is not currently available for this presentation).

About the Series:

This is the first in our new Equity Talks series, that will be presented over the coming year. To learn more about Chicago-Kent College of Law, or to be added to our mailing list for future events, email us at


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