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Bioneers Conference
Bioneers Conference

In partnership with the Bioneers Resilient Communities Network, Lenoir-Rhyne University's Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville host an annual Asheville Bioneers Conference. The three-day conference is free and open to the public.

As a Bioneers Resilient Community Network event, the conference explores community rights, social and environmental justice, youth activism, and opportunities for unifying movements. Discussions are held to explore themes including how to build a stronger, more inclusive community, expanding rights for all citizens, organizations addressing the intersection of social justice and environmental justice, and inspiring youth activism and intergenerational engagement. Open dialogue sessions allow attendees to join local non-profits, government agencies, businesses, and educational institutions in conversation as they present these diverse topics.

"In a time when communities, individuals, and the natural world are being threatened by a range of forces, it is important for us to come together to find better ways to build a more unified effort that simultaneously addresses social and environmental justice issues," said Dr. Keith McDade, Associate Professor of Sustainability Studies at LRU's Asheville campus. "One aim of this conference is to bring many community members and groups together to find ways to help each other to make Asheville and Western North Carolina more resilient."

To learn more about this event contact Susy Chandler, Center Affairs Coordinator, at 828.407.4263 or susy.chandler@lr.edu. For more information on LRU's Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville visit lr.edu/Asheville.