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


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

Plenary: The Bigger Picture: Divergent Futures, Water Law and the Emergence of Food Deserts

Plenary Recording


Alternative Futures of Food and 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 Professions; 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

Panel Session 1. Eastern Time: Various Perspectives on Food & Water Insecurities

Panel Session 1 Recording

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 School of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Studies, Transdisciplinary social change advocate

Panel Session 2: Water Availability, its Effects on Health and its Distribution

Panel Session 2 Recording

Water as a Source of Life & Risk

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

Challenges in Water Distribution

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

Water War: Sharing the Colorado River

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

Deciphering, Anticipating, and Confronting The Water, Food, Energy, Climate Nexus

Dr. Omar Clay, Environmental Physicist

Where Does Flint, MI Stand Now?

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

Breakout Session 1: Realities on the Ground

Breakout session was not recorded.

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

Breakout Session 2: Some Early Exploration of Ideas

Breakout session was not recorded.

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