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New international speaker series starts Feb. 17
Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: February 9, 2011


Promoting International Community Development that is Environmentally Sound, Economically Productive, and Socially Just

This inaugural International Sustainable Community Development 2011 Speaker Series from the School of Urban Studies and Planning will highlight community development programs and initiatives that underscore PSU's sustainability mission. This year's speakers have strong ties to the School of Urban Studies and Planning and bring an incredible breadth and depth of experience to share. All sessions are free and open to the public. The first speakers are:

Carolyn Shapiro & Lisa Pfeffer, Engineers Without Borders - Les Anglais, Haiti
Thursday, February 17
2 p.m. in room 270, Urban Center Building, 506 S.W. Mill
7 p.m. in the second floor Parson's Gallery, Urban Center Building


Carolyn Shapiro, P.E., is a mechanical engineer with over 25 years of professional engineering experience covering design, field engineering, environmental consulting, product and technology development, and project management. She earned her bachelor's and master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Carolyn has served as the Engineers Without Borders-USA Les Anglais, Haiti, water project lead since its inception.



Lisa Peffer, is a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning candidate at Portland State University. She has over 12 years experience in community involvement, environmental planning and education, event planning, emergency response and mitigation planning. She earned her bachelor's degree in geography from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and studied community-based disaster recovery from Ball State University and Colorado State University's International Institute for Disaster Management. Lisa is the public outreach lead for the Engineers Without Borders-USA Les Anglais, Haiti, sanitation project.

Other Speakers in the Series Include:

Yamileth Perez - Esperanza En Accion, Managua, Nicaragua
Thursday, March 17

Prathima Manohar - Founder of The Urban Vision
Thursday, April 21

Sarah Khanakwa - Entebbe Director, The AIDS Support Organization - TASO
Thursday, May 19

John Haines - Director, MercyCorps Northwest
Thursday, June 9

All presentations will take place at 2 p.m. in room 270, Urban Center Building, 506 S.W. Mill St. and are repeated at 7 p.m. in PSU Multicultural Center, room 228, Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 S.W. Broadway

Co-sponsors are the College of Urban and Public Affairs, School of Urban Studies and Planning, School of Community Health, PSU Multicultural Center, and the PSU Foundation International Community Development Fund. Special thanks for hosting the 2011 ISCD Speaker Series to the Portland State University Multicultural Center, 503-725-5342 -