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Welcome: Melissa Gouge, Ph.D., Research Analyst, AmeriCorps Office of Research and Evaluation/ AmeriCorps NCCC

Introduction: Framing The Intersection Of Civic Engagement And Climate Change

  • Dana Fisher, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Program for Society and the Environment, University of Maryland


  • Suzanne Pritzker, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor, University of Houston & Denae King, Ph.D., Research Program Manager, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University
  • Carlos Vazquez Rivera, Ph.D., Social Community Psychologist, University of Puerto Rico, Humacao & Jacquelinee Rojas Livia, Ph.D., INARO volunteer
    Instituto Internacional de Investigación y Acción Comunitaria
  • Jennifer Willett, Ph.D., MSW, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno


  • Shane Dermanjian, M.S., AmeriCorps Office of Research and Evaluation
  • Laura Schlachter, Ph.D., Researcher, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Webinar Abstract:

Under conditions of increasing urgency, the connections between climate change, environmental disasters, and people-powered change may light the way for grassroots solutions to the global climate crisis. Since 2018, the Office of Research and Evaluation has partnered with the University of Puerto Rico,  Humacao, the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, and the University of Nevada, Reno alongside a host of local organizations to galvanize civic engagement, conduct innovative research, and importantly, devise and implement action plans to remedy local symptoms of climate change. 

Watch our experts in this field frame the issues, describe their collaborative, civically engaged work, and illustrate their community-level solutions. These lively discussants truly energize the conversation around what it means to be a scientist, a community member, and to take collective ownership in the fight against the global climate crisis.


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Webinar Date

March 23, 2022 - 11:00 AM (Eastern Time Zone)