Social Justice Clinic

In 2018, the college launched a program to support two Social Justice Clinics each year to provide technical support to community-based organizations working in areas including educational, environmental, economic and social justice. The projects listed below show the range of organizations students have supported with technical assistance through a two-semester Clinic project.

2019–2020

Visualizing the Effects on California of a Global Climate Restoration Strategy

Sponsor: Arctic Ice Project (formerly Ice911)

Project Abstract: Anthropogenic global warming is altering the Earth’s climate; the polar ice caps have shrunk, and the loss of reflective ice is accelerating global warming. Ice911 Research has developed a climate restoration technology that increases sea ice reflectivity, potentially slowing global warming. Ice911 Research has produced high-quality simulations of this intervention which are data rich but difficult to distill into graphics and conclusions understandable by decision makers. The Ice911 Clinic Team is using this data to provide clear and concise illustrations of regional and global climate impacts of this intervention.

Food Waste Analysis Through a Handheld Scanner App

Sponsor:  Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

Project Abstract:  The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank alleviates hunger by feeding more than 300,000 food insecure people every month. Our project’s goal is to reduce the amount of food waste generated from their donations, allowing them to feed more people. After researching their intake process and identifying sources of information loss, we created reports and an app that document the contents of donations, helping the L.A. Food Bank decrease their food waste.

Addressing the Effects of Traffic on Air Quality at Claremont High School

Sponsor:  Sustainable Claremont

Project Abstract:  Sustainable Claremont, a local non-profit organization, is concerned about the health of children who are exposed to vehicle emissions and air pollution during school drop-off and pick-up times. The team measured the air quality at Claremont High School with air sensors, mathematically modeled the potential effects of traffic, and worked alongside the students to initiate healthier commuting behavior and raise awareness of environmental issues.

2018–2019

Fresno Air Quality Monitoring and Mapping

Sponsor:  Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce

Project Abstract: Fresno is one of the most polluted and underserved communities in California. The Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce is partnering with local organizations and the Transform Fresno Climate Communities Collaborative to clean the air in downtown, Chinatown and southwest Fresno with new infrastructure. Our Clinic team is implementing low-cost sensors throughout the area, visualizing the fine particulate pollutant concentration and publishing our findings so the community can understand where problem areas still exist and how infrastructure is changing their air.

Local Factory Startup for Low Cost Solar Panels

Sponsor:  Locally Grown Power

Project Abstract:  Locally Grown Power (LGP) is a start-up creating replicable, non-profit solar panel factories. The pilot factory will open in Pomona, California, and aims to promote economic and environmental change by installing 6,000 solar systems on low- to midlevel-income households. The team is tasked to design a world-class solar panel factory by producing an optimal plant layout, outlining detailed workstations, and determining specific machines, tools and equipment.

Automating an Engine to Extract Educational Priorities for Workforce City Innovation

Sponsor:  PilotCity

Project Abstract:  Our Clinic team was tasked with developing software and algorithms to automate PilotCity programming. Our solutions involve creating web interfaces with which teachers, students and employers involved in the PilotCity Program can engage as well as designing recommender systems that facilitate the process of matching employers to high school classrooms. Additionally, we are using topic modeling to extract educational priorities from community college and high school syllabi in order to inform work-based learning community partnerships.