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Calling all change makers

Join our community of researchers, practitioners, students, and partners working to drive inclusive and equitable societal change.

Be part of a just and sustainable future

Through our work, we strive for a more just and sustainable world. We understand the complexity of urgent social, political, and ecological challenges and develop leaders who are prepared to find solutions through collaborative scholarship and innovation.

The Department of Sustainability and Social Justice is an evolution of the legacy begun by IDCE, with a transformed curriculum and new programming to better address today’s greatest global challenges.

From the Director

Why study at Clark?

Whether you’re interested in sustainable food systems, addressing health disparities, tackling climate-change impacts and inequities, or formulating human-centered policies to tackle global migration, you’ll learn how to draw from and integrate multiple forms of knowledge to inform meaningful action.

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Degrees that make a difference

Our degree programs are distinctive and designed to make a difference through integrative, collaborative, and experiential learning. Our students learn by working alongside practitioners and communities that are most impacted by social and ecological inequities.

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Experiential learning

Work collaboratively with communities, both in the city of Worcester and around the world, to help find solutions to real-world challenges. Our faculty build local partnerships, guide internship programs, and lead global learning collaboratives that help you gain valuable real-world experience in your chosen field.

Anita Fabos


The Department of Sustainability and Social Justice has been a pioneer in areas of international development, participatory rural appraisal, gender and development, environmental science and policy — and their integration — for decades. We are advancing scholarship and practice that expands educational access and equity in the Caribbean, drives efforts to increase affordable housing in the United States, models climate change in Mexico, and increases food security by enhancing our understanding of traditional farming practices in Ethiopia.

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Learning outcomes

Our undergraduate and graduate programs are grounded in interdisciplinary frameworks and professional practice. Prepare for your chosen career by gaining a foundation in social and environmental science and professional skills such as project management, monitoring and evaluation, policy analysis, organizational leadership, and spatial analysis. You’ll design and assess projects through an intersectional lens as you engage communities in an ethical and authentic way.

Academic Programs

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Undergraduate majors

The Department of Sustainability and Social Justice brings together decades of collective experience in North America, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Find meaning and purpose as you join a network of thousands of alumni working for positive change across the world.

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Graduate degrees

Our distinguished master’s degrees focus on critical analysis and hands-on practice, giving you the knowledge, skills, and experience to put your skills to work. Find a master’s degree or certificate program that will help you advance in your chosen field.

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Featured Event

“Share the Platform: Collaborative Strategies for Refugee Integration in Academia”

Speaker Alfred Babo

Speaker Anita Fabos


Thursday, May 9
Noon- 1:00 p.m.

Speakers: Alfred Babo & Anita Fábos, Co-Founders of Share the Platform

For the Spring ‘24 semester, the Belonging Talks center on the theme of “Co-Creating Workforce Integration and Belonging for Refugees and Communities.” Our speakers explore topics related to sustainability and inclusivity for refugees in the workforce and in communities.

Clark University SSJ professor, Anita Fábos, will be joined by colleague and Fairfield University professor, Alfred Babo, to present about the Share the Platform initiative they started in 2019. The mission of Share the Platform is to “center the expertise of refugees to improve policy, programs, and practice.” They will converse about strategies for those of non-refugee backgrounds to better advocate for and “share the platform” with fellow colleagues from refugee backgrounds, including a discussion of best practices from a refugee perspective. To learn more, check out

Moderators: Leora Kahn & Craig Mortley, Co-Convenors of Share the Platform

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