How is climate change impacting Arkansans? How can we respond effectively and with compassion to this local and global threat?
A big thank you to our amazing speakers Sharon Chapman, Paulette Meikle, Svetla Dimitrov, and Fernando Lopez for tackling these questions in their informative, insightful, and galvanizing presentations!
About Panelists & Reference Material:
Sharon Chapman is the Executive Director for Next Step Homeless Services, where she had served as board president. She has a masters in counseling.
While living in Fort Smith for the last 25+ years, Sharon has served on several non-profit boards and has volunteered in the community ranging from work with children to work with the homeless. In her previous work life, she worked as a case manager in area agencies on aging and a case manager supervisor.
Paulette Meikle is an Associate Dean, Professor of Sociology and, and Interim Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. She has a Ph.D. in sociology, a masters of philosophy in geography and bachelors in geography.
She is also a board member of the Arkansas Citizens' Climate League. References:
Svetla Dimitrova is the Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. She has a PhD in Sociology. Her research interests include Human Migration, Gender Studies, Volunteerism, Social Change and Development.
IDMC 2020. “Global Report on Internal Displacement”
UNHCR. 2020. “Climate Change and Disaster Displacement”
UN Climate Summit Poem "Dear Matafele Peinem"
Fernando Lopez is a member Citizens' Climate Lobby. He is a senior biochemistry student at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. I will be graduating in the fall 2021. After graduating I plan on pursuing my PhD in chemistry. I wish to pursue research in nano-chemistry, catalysis, reusable biofuels, sustainable energy, and green chemistry.