Graduate School News
‘Working Toward Water Justice’ Symposium on March 26
March 7, 2013
The Weiss Urban Livability Program, a UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School fellowship program focused on improving urban livability, is coordinating a March 26 public symposium titled “Working Toward Water Justice in North Carolina.”
The free event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hyde Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Those interested in attending are asked to register at gradschool.unc.edu/weisswaterjustice
Among the speakers from UNC-Chapel Hill and the greater community are the following:
- Elizabeth Dickinson, clinical assistant professor of management and corporate communication at Kenan-Flagler Business School. Dickinson also is an affiliated faculty member within the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology. She conducts research in intercultural and environmental communication, gender, sustainability and eco-theory.
- Sarah Hatcher, doctoral student and graduate research assistant at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Hatcher organized a watershed assessment team that evaluated the distribution and size of more than 40 illegal dumping sites in the Rogers-Eubanks historic neighborhood. She also conducts water quality research in eastern North Carolina.
- Maribel Sierra, water and energy researcher/organizer at nonprofit organization Clean Water for North Carolina. The organization has offices in Durham and Asheville.
- Steve Wing, associate professor of epidemiology at Gillings School of Global Public Health. Wing teaches and conducts research in community-driven epidemiology and environmental justice and is on the board of the N.C. Environmental Justice Network.
“We were both intrigued and concerned about some of the major environmental and social justice issues related to water use in the community,” said Evan Johnson, senior Weiss fellow and a doctoral student in public policy. “This event will showcase collaborative research activities that bring together scholarly and community perspectives on water justice.”
The symposium will consist of seven-minute presentations and a question-and-answer session. Refreshments and a poster/table expo highlighting University and community work related to state water justice issues will follow.
The Weiss Urban Livability Program, endowed within The Graduate School, provides one-year fellowships to graduate students in diverse academic disciplines who seek to improve urban livability.