The Climate Justice Leadership Alliance empowers students, staff, and faculty with the knowledge and skills to advance both environmental and social justice efforts by understanding its interdependence. The purpose of this alliance is to illuminate the direct correlation of environmental and social justice work which, in turn, creates an opportunity for student leadership and action surrounding this work on CU campus and beyond. This group builds a community of change agents, explores questions of identity and place, heritage and inheritance, root causes of the global oppression and disproportionate impacts of the climate crisis, recognizes existing leadership and efforts, and creates community- based solutions. We examine individual actions and identities as well as global institutions, world views, and different approaches to ecological systems and design. We will also meet with and learn from practitioners in the field.

The alliance aims to facilitate deep discussion, meaningful reflection, and solutions-focused thinking to activate voices and actualize potential. Participants will benefit from a dynamic co-curricular experience and gain knowledge and skill sets with widespread application and value. These learnings will be put into practice through collaboration with the campus and community Climate Justice planning efforts which will have real world impact. 

Focus: 

  • Develop and implement Campus and Community Actions for Climate justice 
  • Attain experience and tools to make an impact with collaborative community projects
  • Build contemporary DEI-based leadership skills

Participants will gain:

  • Pride in their tangible community impacts
  • Resume-building experience
  • Peer networking
  • Earn micro-credential badge (in development)

Who should participate?

  • This program is geared to all students, faculty, and staff.  This will be a safe and inclusive space for all to participate regardless of level and identity.  
  • There is no participation fee.   

Students participating in the Climate Justice Leadership Alliance will have the opportunity to receive a Micro-credential from the Environmental Center for participation if a minimum number of requirements are accomplished throughout the semester. However, participation in the monthly meeting, training and events is still available to anyone interested despite their desire to earn the Micro-credential. 

~Please note that we are currently working on approving a CU Boulder Micro-Credential option as a future offering to participants in this alliance. 

Micro-credential Criteria:

  • Attend 2 out of 4 monthly gatherings offered each semester 
  • Attend 1 half day training offered each semester with a 1-pg reflection paper
  • Attend at least 1 event centering climate justice outside of CJLA with a 1-pg reflection summary 
  • Submit a final reflection at the end of the program with plans to integrate lessons learned 

If you're intersted in applying to the Climate Justice Leadership Alliance, contact alejandro.murillo@colorado.edu 

Students from the program playing a game outside in the grass         Photo of banner Eco-Social Justice Leadership Program students created which reads "We are the Movement" and has their handprints around it  

Featured Events: 

Monthly Climate Justice Leadership Dialogues

Meetings dates and times: 

  1. Boulder Creek Clean Up, September 10th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

  2. Harvest of All First Nation Zero Waste Volunteering Shifts, October 1st 

  3. Climate Justice Workshop- Healing and Action, October 8th, 9-3 pm

  4. Climate Justice Panel: Healing and Action, November 10th, 5-8 pm 

  5. End of Semester Healing Circle: November 28th, 5-8 pm