Upcoming Events

Annual Symposium: Water, the Environment, and a Socially Just World

Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018, 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

403 Hayes Hall, South Campus


UBSSW Global Interest Group

Various experts and social workers in field on water rights, environmental justice, and the flint water crisis

Shannon Linehan (sdlineha@buffalo.edu)

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This year's symposium will address water rights and environmental justice, implications for social work, and human rights. RSVP at the website above. Dinner will be served.

Cathryne Schmitz, Ph.D: Expert in global engagement, community building, critical multiculturalism, environmental sustainability, and peacebuilding. Dr. Schmitz has focused much of her work on community building, environmental sustainability, and has influenced an environmental justice perspective into social work curricula.

Shanondora Billiot, Ph.D: Assistant Professor at University of Illinois. Examines the connection to First Nations land and environmental change exposure. Experience in post-disaster community development and implementing health and mental health policies.

Tam Perry, Ph.D: Assistant Professor at Wayne State University, Dr. Perry specializes in the understanding of the environmental impacts on older adults. She will speak about her experience in this area in Flint, Michigan, where the water crisis has hit vulnerable populations the hardest.

Co-Sponsors include:

UB School of Social Work GSA

UB Community for Global health Equity

UB Gender institute

UB Department of Civil, Structural and environmental engineering

UB Haudenosaunee/Native American Studies Research Group.

Global justice ecology project

Sierra Club Niagara

UB Sustainability

Peace Center of WNY