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Center for Environment, Community, and Equity

Research and action towards a more just and sustainable world.

The Center for Environment, Community, and Equity (CECE) is American University’s umbrella for cross-disciplinary work on ecology, equity, and community engagement. Building on the university’s long-standing strengths in social justice and environmental protection, CECE is forging new paths for addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

The Center is lead by Director Simon Nicholson; Associate Directors Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, Sauleh Siddiqui, and Kiho Kim; and Assistant Director Justine Williams. Also on the team are Program Coordinator Kyra Jones, Indigenous Sovereignties Lead Veronica Limeberry, and Communications Assistant Kashvi Chandok.

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Themes of Work

AU faculty work and collaborate on a diversity of cross-cutting themes including the following: food, agriculture, and land justice; indigenous sovereignties; climate vulnerabilities and migration; and measuring climate action from the ground up. 

CECE Launch Event

CECE launch event with leadership

On October 19th, we held our campus-wide launch event with keynote speaker Maxine Burkett (right) and panelists Malini Ranganathan, Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, Simon Nicholson, and Sauleh Siddiqui (from left). Speakers discussed the importance of adopting cross-discinplinary approaches and centering community voices when engaging in environmental work.

The launch was covered by both the School of International Service and the Eagle.

Multiscale RECIPES logo

Multiscale RECIPES for sustainable food systems is a $15 million cooperative agreement with NSF and 40 partner institutions housed under CECE.

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Faculty Spotlight

Jessica Gephart is an environmental scientist focused on the role of global seafood trade in sustainable and resilient food systems. Find out more about her work.