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Sustainable Business and Design Conference: 2022 Pathways to Impact: Social Justice X Social Responsibility
FIT’s 16th annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference: Pathways to Impact centers on four core themes that highlight the intersectionality of sustainable practices. Over the course of two intensive days, attendees will be immersed in keynotes, talks, and panel discussions providing pathways to Social Justice x Social Responsibility, Environment x Materials, Consumption x Waste, and Design x Business. The speakers are trailblazers in numerous facets of sustainability and emphasize the FIT community’s commitment to best practices in all its operations—including student projects, faculty and staff initiatives, and campus facilities.
Pathway Speaker: Leah Thomas, The Intersectional Feminist; Moderator: Dr. Karen Pearson, Professor, Science and Math
Leah Thomas, Founder, Intersectional Environmentalist: Leah Thomas is a celebrated environmentalist based in Santa Barbara, California. Coining the term “eco-communicator” to describe her environmental activism, Leah uses her passion for writing and creativity to advocate for the critical relationship between social justice and environmentalism. With this intersection in mind, Leah launched Intersectional Environmentalist in 2020, which advocates for environmental justice, provides educational resources surrounding intersectional environmentalism, and promotes inclusivity and accessibility within environmental education and movements. A graduate of Chapman University with a BS in Environmental Science and Policy, Leah has interned twice with the National Park Service and has worked at leading green companies.
Dr. Karen Pearson, Professor, Science and Math, Fashion Institute of Technology: Karen Pearson, PhD, is a professor of Science and Math at FIT and is the co-chair of the college’s Sustainability Council. She has won a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, has been noted as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women in STEM, and is a recipient of FIT’s President’s Award for Excellence. Pearson has done extensive work in the development of interdisciplinary STEAM curricula and programming at FIT and is the recipient of multiple research and program awards, including those from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. Her research outside of the classroom is focused on the design, synthesis, and application of new materials that have potential in low-energy devices, such as thin-film transistors (TFTs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
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