Symposium Information

The Weiss Urban Livability Program's symposium, Working Toward Water Justice in North Carolina, will catalyze engaged scholarship by bringing together students, faculty, and community leaders to present their ideas, research, and/or work related to pressing water justice issues within the state. Engaged scholarship results from collaborations between the university and the community to advance knowledge fostering academic and societal progress.

Water justice seeks to address past and current injustices while achieving sustainability and equity from social, environmental, and economic standpoints. UNC's Graduate School, along with fellowship founder and lifelong scholar Charles Weiss are the sponsors for this exciting and innovative event.

The event will consist of a lightning round of presentations, followed by a poster/table expo and refreshments. It will be a great opportunity to share your work, learn what others are doing, and discover opportunities for collaboration.

This event is free and open to the public! However, seating is limited, please RSVP. Update- RSVPs are now required.


Featured Speakers

Elizabeth Dickinson

Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School. Dr. Dickinson also is an affiliated faculty member in the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill. She conducts research and teaches in intercultural and environmental communication, gender, sustainability, and eco-theory.

Sarah Hatcher

Ph.D. Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant at UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Sarah organized a watershed assessment team that evaluated the distribution and size of over 40 illegal dumping sites in the Rogers-Eubanks historic neighborhood and she conducts water quality research in Eastern N.C.

Benjamin Meier

Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ben's interdisciplinary research at the intersection of international law, public policy, and global health examines legal frameworks for global water governance and national water policy. Working collaboratively across UNC's Department of Public Policy and Gillings School of Global Public Health, Ben has written and presented extensively on the development, evolution, and application of the human right to water and sanitation.

Maribel Sierra

Water and Energy Researcher/Organizer at Clean Water for North Carolina. Maribel's work focuses on efforts to work with diverse communities and ways to promote safe, clean water for all.

Mike Smith

JD. Dean, School of Government. Dean Smith served as the University's Vice Chancellor for Public Service and Engagement from 2006 to 2009 and under his leadership the School of Government has created the Center for Public Technology, the Civic Education Consortium, the Environmental Finance Center, the Community and Economic Development program, and the Community-Campus Partnership, among others.

Steve Wing

Ph.D., Associate Professor of Epidemiology at UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Wing teaches and conducts research in community-driven epidemiology and environmental justice and is on the board of the N.C. Environmental Justice Network.


Event Details.

Tuesday, March 26. 6-8pm

Hyde Hall at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Free event, but an RSVP is required.

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