Social and Environmental Justice Institute (SEJI)

campus - external

The Social & Environmental Justice Institute (SEJI) at SUNY Old Westbury advances social and environmental justice. SEJI is led by faculty and staff whose research agendas and pedagogies embrace social and environmental justice, and it engages with students, campus members, and/or community partners in curricula and co-curricular programming to support mutual goals aligned with our University's social justice mission.  Located in the lower level of Residential Hall Woodlands I, SEJI is a living-learning environment that enhances students’ educations through civic engagement and applied learning experiences and sustains initiatives for social and environmental justice locally and more broadly. 


The Social and Environmental Justice Institute (SEJI) embodies SUNY Old Westbury’s historic and ongoing social justice mission.  Engaging students, faculty, the campus community, and partner organizations, SEJI nurtures local and global citizenship with a focus on social and environmental justice.  We model anti-racist, intersectional practice in community research, activism, and organization. Through public events, conferences, workshops, applied research, along with interdisciplinary conversations and action projects, SEJI identifies and fosters collective strategies to achieve social and environmental justice at Old Westbury, on Long Island, and beyond.


The Social and Environmental Justice Institute connects Old Westbury’s diverse community of students, faculty, and staff with local and global partners to advance social and environmental justice through mutual collaboration, including activism, civic engagement, and research. 


Danielle Lee

Associate Dean for Academic Institutes & Programs
Assistant Professor of English
Director, Social and Environmental Justice Institute
School of Arts and Sciences
New Academic Building