Duke Women’s Weekend Offers Connections and Community
Hundreds of alumnae returned to campus for event
Several sessions on Friday focused on climate issues. Nicholas School of the Environment Dean Toddi Steelman welcomed two alumnae and two current graduate students to Penn Pavilion Saturday for a discussion on "Climate Changemakers: Turn the Tide of Climate Change".
The experts explained the threats to oceans and their ecosystems -- and how leaders working in marine conservation, plastics, oceanography, and coastal resilience are charting a more sustainable future.
The panelists included Anjali D. Boyd, a Duke marine science Ph.D. student; Sandunie Liyanagamage, Nicholas School of the Environment graduate student; Charlotte Gray Hudson, director of the Lenfest Ocean Program, Pew Charitable Trusts; and Shannon Switzer Swanson, assistant professor of environmental studies, at California State University San Marcos.
A second session on Friday, presented by the Nicholas School of the Environment and Duke’s Climate Commitment, featured a panel discussion about climate and environmental health issues, with particular attention to women’s health disparities. Duke experts shared insights from nursing, pediatrics, psychiatry and environmental policy.
Pictured, Duke pediatrician Dr. Jennifer M. Lawson speaks about women’s health disparities. Other panelists were Dr. Julia Rothschild, Duke psychiatry resident, and and Ashley Ward, senior policy associate for the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability.
In addition to learning sessions at Karsh and other sites on West Campus, the alumnae had opportunities to connect with Durham again, including one social event at Golden Belt downtown (pictured below left)