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Walden Social Change Virtual Conference

JOIN US: March 8th 2019 Walden Social Change Virtual Conference

A Social Change Challenge:
Water Is Toxic, and Food Is Scarce. What Will We Do?

Friday, March 8, 2019, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Eastern Time


A virtual, interdisciplinary conference series to support Walden University scholar practitioners in their collaboration for positive social change.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Eastern Time: The Bigger Picture: Divergent Futures, Water Law and the Emergence of Food Deserts

Dr. Christopher JonesAlternative Futures of Food & Water

Dr. Christopher Jones, Faculty, Walden University School of Public Policy and Administration; Futurist


Mike PowellWater Law is Not a Clean Slate

Mr. Mike Powell, J.D., Adjunct Faculty, Southern Methodist Dedman School of Law; Private Practice Lawyer


Dr. Jennifer EdwardsThe Evolution of Food Deserts in Regentrified America

Dr. Jennifer Edwards, Faculty, Walden University College of Health Sciences; Research Scientist


Dr. Bessie DiDomenicaFood Scarcity: A Snapshot of Urban and Rural America

Dr. Bessie DiDomenica, Walden Alumna, Public Policy and Administration; Walden Social Change Fellow


Jeannine PurchaseDirty Water: A Perspective from the US Water Study Team

Jeannine Purchase, Core Member of Virginia Tech US Water Study Team, Flint MI and Denmark SC projects; Doctoral Student in Environmental and Water Resource Engineering at Virginia Tech

12: 40 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Eastern Time: Various Perspectives on Food & Water Insecurities

Potable Water Quality: Why Be Concerned About the Future?

Ralph Westbrook, Ed.D, REM, Environmental Scientist


Dr. Tammira LucasUtilizing Social Innovation in Underserved Communities to Address Food Deserts

Dr. Tammira Lucas, Walden Alumna; Social Entrepreneur


Ashley DorseyFood and Water Insecurities: A Mental Health Perspective

Ashley K. Dorsey, Walden Student, Masters in Clinical Mental Health Program


Kristin BundesenHow the Arts & Humanities Can Help Us Move to Action

Dr. Kristin Bundesen, Faculty, Walden Center for General Education, Transdisciplinary social change advocate

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time: Water Availability, its Effects on Health and its Distribution

Dr. Aimee FerraroWater as a Source of Life & Risk

Dr. Aimee Ferraro, Faculty Walden University College of Health Sciences, Walden Social Change Fellow; Epidemiologist


Cole BedfordChallenges in Water Distribution

Cole Bedford, Water Resource Engineer and Consultant; Peace Corp Volunteer, Kyrgyz Republic


Dr. Bruce J CarterWater War: Sharing the Colorado River

Dr. Bruce J Carter, Walden Alumnus, Public Policy and Administration; Author


Dr. Omar ClayDeciphering, Anticipating, and Confronting The Water, Food, Energy, Climate Nexus

Dr. Omar Clay, Environmental Physicist


Ms. Patrick-SingletonWhere Does Flint, MI Stand Now?

Ms. Patrick-Singleton, Chief Recovery Officer, City of Flint, MI

3:45 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. Breakout Session Room 1: Realities on the Ground

Laura KihlstronDebra ThrowerRaising Awareness of Food Insecurity: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Debra Thrower, Doctoral Candidate in Social Work, Walden University; Health Promotion Author/Advocate

Laura Kihlstron, Doctoral Candidate in Cultural Anthropology, University of South Florida; Author, global food security


Mark CloudusJulie MaxcyToo Poor to Eat and Too Proud to Tell

Julie Maxcy, Student AIM Nursing Program, Walden University; ER Nurse

Mark Cloudus, Registered Nurse, ER Nurse


Jorene Olrun-VolkheimerIt's a Global and Tribal Dilemma: Indigenous Perspectives to Climate Change and Globalization

Jorene Olrun-Volkheimer, Doctoral Candidate in Psychology; Cup’ig Eskimo social change advocate


Dr. Fred SahakianPerceptions of Problems, Policies and Politics of a Controversial Pacific State Mosque

Fred Sahakian, PhD, Walden Alumnus in Public Policy and Administration

3:45 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. Breakout Session Room 2: Some Early Exploration of Ideas

Dr. Jeani C. ThomasGrow it Vertical

Jeani C. Thomas, Faculty, Walden University College of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner


The Lessons of Flint for Imo State, Nigeria

Joseph Emerenini, Doctoral Student, Walden University in Public Health


Dr. Samuel BonsuThe Business of Societal Development and CSR

Dr. Samuel Bonsu, Walden Alumnus, School of Management; Corporate Social Responsibility advocate