🗓 Newburgh Symposium on Health, Wellness & Healing 4/27/2022


Presented by the Center for Student Engagement, the Student Association & Eddy at New Paltz

Three keynote speakers and three round table panels. With breakfast, lunch, and ice cream social!

Full Agenda

Our symposium will feature leaders from the Newburgh community and additional experts in the fields of Public Health and Community Building, including keynote speakers Dr. Gregory Simpson, Pastor and Environmental Justice Advocate, Dr. Erin Bell, School of Public Health, U. Albany, and Sameer Ranade, Climate Justice Advisor, NYSERDA.

The day will involve panel discussions, lightning talks, posters, and presentations as well as opportunities for creative expression and sharing at an open mic. Our SUNY New Paltz goal as co-conspirators is to promote marginalized communities as they gain access to health, wellness & environmental justice resources and strategies.

By closing the gap between such supports and the people who might benefit from them, we can empower one another. We aim to listen deeply, to interrupt practices that offer help without attending to community needs, interests, concerns, hopes, and desires. In conversation with practitioners and community leaders, we will imagine and work towards Newburgh’s healing process from PFAS contamination and other environmental injustices. Our event will end with a celebration of knowledge exchange and an appreciation of shared wisdom including that of our Newburgh high school student guests and campus participants.


We will hold space for inquiry, gathering, listening, sharing on these topics:

  • Heath, Wellness & Environmental Justice
  • Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act
  • Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
  • Projects related to the Newburgh Clean Water Project
  • Community-led research
  • Urban farming
  • Quality Education
  • Social / environmental / economic sustainability
  • Violence as a public health & safety issue
  • Social media impacts on health & wellness
  • Healing-centered engagement


Please use this registration form to let us know you will attend and enjoy breakfast, lunch and/ or join the ice cream social.


Co-sponsored by the Sustainability Learning Community and the Faculty Development Center

Photo: Councilman Anthony Grice (SUNY NP class of 2005), Destiny, Brittany, Dr. Erin Bell, Director of the PFAS multi-site study, U Albany, Elizabeth & Jamie.


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