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McNair Scholar 2010Courtney S. Bell

Courtney S. Bell is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in sociology. Her research interests revolve around the links between minority males between the ages of 13–21 that are involved in gang activity and familial relations. Ms. Bell plans to earn a Ph.D. in sociology.

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My dream is to uplift, empower and motivate minority youth from impoverished communities to pursue higher education and to attain academic excellence at all levels of their educational journey. To demonstrate that regardless of one’s background, success is always within reach.

Research project

The Missing Link of Environmental Justice: When Deprivation is Ignored

Abstract: The absence of attention allocated to the issues of the environmental justice movement by environmentalists was examined using a sample of Earth First journals published between the years of 1990-1993. The differences between environmental justice groups and environmentalist organizations in regards to composition and the focuses of the movements contributed heavily to the leading argument. Based on the institutional and structural racism that is at the foundation of environmental injustices, it was hypothesized that the absence of attention paid to issues faced by the environmental justice movement by environmentalists perpetuates racial and classist elitism and contributes to environmental racism. The topics of each article in the individual Earth First journals was categorized into groups, and then the data was compiled and transferred into a pie graph. The results derived from the pie graph revealed that there was no coverage of environmental justice issues in either of the journals. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. David N. Pellow is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Pellow attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he received his undergraduate degree in sociology in 1992. Dr. Pellow also attended Northwestern University where he received both an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology in 1994 and 1998. Dr. Pellow has published numerous scholarly articles and books including Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago published in 2002. His research specializes in racial and ethnic studies, environmental justice studies, and social movements. Dr. Pellow became a mentor of the McNair Scholars Program in the summer of 2010.