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2024 Water@Michigan Symposium

2024 Water@Michigan Symposium

Michigan League - Vandenberg Room, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI

Thank you for joining us at Water@Michigan 2024 – we look forward to seeing you at future Water@Michigan events and programming during the 2024-2025 academic year.


Join us on April 5 at the Michigan League for the 2024 Water@Michigan Symposium, which will center around water justice, access, and affordability across U-M and Michigan.

From ensuring safe drinking water to tackling emerging contaminants and securing equitable access for under-resourced communities, the challenges are significant and the need for change—and action-based research—is urgent. Register today to convene with colleagues and community leaders working to address these challenges.

  • 9:00 am
    Morning registration
  • 9:30 am
    Faculty panel on engaged research
  • 10:30 am
    Workshop: Power and Partnerships in Community Engagement presented by the Ginsberg Center (designed for graduate students, post-docs, researchers, faculty new to engaged research)
  • 12:30 pm
    Afternoon registration
  • 1:00 pm
    Welcome and Keynote Address ft. State Senator Stephanie Chang
  • 1:40 pm
    Facilitated networking
  • 2:20 pm

    OxCreek Watershed Lightning Talks | Mike Shriberg (moderator)

    • Alex Little, City of Benton Harbor
    • Marcy Hamilton, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission
    • Curt Wolf, Civil and Environmental Engineering, U-M
    • Craig Borum, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, U-M
    • Emily Finnell, Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, EGLE
  • 3:00 pm

    PFAS Lightning Talks | Jen Read (moderator)

  • 3:45 pm

    Foundations panel | Mike Shriberg (moderator)

  • 4:30 pm

    Water Justice, Access, and Affordability Lightning talks | Evan Pratt, Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner (moderator)

  • 5:00 pm

This event is presented by Water@Michigan. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please contact Water@Michigan ( with any questions about the event.

Keynote Address

Senator Stephanie Chang is serving her second term in the Michigan Senate and is the Senate Democratic Policy and Steering Chair. She is the first Asian American woman elected to the Michigan legislature. Chang worked as a community organizer in Detroit for nearly a decade before serving two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives and then as the Democratic Floor Leader for her first term in the Senate. During her time in office, Chang has led on air quality and environmental justice, criminal justice reforms, affordable, safe drinking water, and immigrants’ rights issues. She has passed bipartisan legislation on a range of issues, including the COVID-19 water shutoff moratorium.

Senator Stephanie Chang

Stephanie Chang
State Senator

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