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Research and Creativity Symposium goes online

Virtual event features keynote address from environmental justice expert


Simpson College will host its annual Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium on Thursday, April 22. The virtual event features student presentations, awards and a keynote address from Fatemeh Shafiei, Ph.D.

The 11th research and creativity symposium begins at 9 a.m. The full schedule of events, viewing information and research abstracts can be viewed at simpson.edu/ResearchSymposium

Shafiei’s keynote address titled “The Nexus Between the Toxic Legacy of Environmentall Racism and the Pandemic” begins at 12:30 p.m. The virtual discussion is free and open to the public via Zoom. Register at simpson.zoom.us.

An associate professor and chair of the department of political science at Spelman College, Shafiei has worked for years to support environmental justice, education and research. She served as a member of the U.S. Enviornmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council as well as an environmental justice consultant for the Centers for Diseas Control and Prevention.

Shafiei also serves as director of the environmental studies program and co-chair of the Sustainable Spelman Committee. Shalfiei is an expert and leader in advancing integration of sustainability into college, university, high school and middle school curricula for more than two decades.

About Simpson College
Simpson College is a private, liberal arts college located in Iowa with campuses in Indianola, West Des Moines and online. Founded in 1860, the college has 1,268 undergraduate and graduate students. Simpson offers 74 majors, minors and programs in addition to three graduate programs. Outside of the classroom, Simpson is a member of the NCAA Division III American Rivers Conference, hosts eight Greek houses on campus and sponsors many extracurricular options for student involvement.
Contact Information
Cathy Cole, Vice President for Marketing and Strategic Communication
Direct: 515-961-1595
Email: cathy.cole@simpson.edu