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Our mission is to educate and train persons for professional practice and for leadership
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Spotlight on Lisa Reyes Mason and Climate

“Climate change affects all of us, and especially our most vulnerable groups. We need a deeper understanding of not just who is affected, but why, and what social policies can help people cope, adapt, and thrive under changing conditions,” explains Lisa Reyes Mason, Assistant Professor at the UT College of Social Work. In order to encourage this kind of understanding, Dr. Mason co-organized a symposium entitled People and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation, Social Justice. The symposium took place at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis on Friday, November 18.


Experts on flooding, drought, heat, water, and land change convened in St. Louis. They represent research from the United States, Latin America, Southeast Asia and other parts of the world and have gained their expertise in diverse disciplines in order to look at the human impacts of climate change and the policy solutions needed to help people cope and adapt.


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