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Social Work and Climate Change: Lessons on Interdisciplinary Response


Oct 19, 2021 11:23 AM

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Jennifer M. Ciminelli (M.S.’06/LS)
Assistant Professor @Center for Environmental Studies
Ciminelli’s work focuses on the use of spatial technology to create databases and models that support conservation and watershed management planning. She uses spatial-driven solutions for analyzing and developing environmental policy, integrating the many facets of environmental science, including most importantly, our communities.
Kim Sudderth
VA State Organizing Manager @Mothers Out Front Virginia
A native of Hampton Roads, Sudderth has helped grow Mothers Out Front to 10 teams statewide and more than 3,500 supporters. She is a planning commissioner for Norfolk and is chairperson of Norfolk NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Committee.
Cameron Carter (M.S.W.’09/SW)
Associate Professor in teaching and Assistant Director of field education @VCU School of Social Work
Carter’s passion for social, economic and environmental justice is evident through her practice with racial justice initiatives, refugee resettlement, employment for people with disabilities and issues related to food security and sustainable food production.
Kimberly Compton (M.S.W.’13/SW; Ph.D.’21/SW)
M.S.W. Program Assistant Director and Instructor @VCU School of Social Work
Dr. Compton explores methodologies in Geographic Information Systems and new directions in neighborhood and place-based research. As a researcher, she investigates the work of environmental justice advocates using a critical race lens. She previously worked on an urban farm in Richmond’s East End that provided fresh vegetables to corner stores.