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Water Exchange Speaker Series | The Water We Swim In: A Discussion on Water and Equity

March 2, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

About this Event

This panel discussion – “The Water We Swim In: A Discussion on Water and Equity” – will look at the importance of pools as tools to help lessen the impacts of climate change on communities of color as well as to examine and address issues of equity and inclusion. 

“The story of water is a story of social and environmental justice, as safe access to clean drinking, household and swimming water is a current day issue for people living in America and around the world.” – Victoria Prizzia, Habithèque Inc.

In this one-hour session, our panelists explore the connection between water, social justice, and public health and discuss the lack of safe access to water for recreation.

We’ll hear from the masterminds behind “Pool: A Social History of Segregation,” the multidisciplinary museum exhibition set in Fairmount Water Works, a National Historic Landmark Museum in Philadelphia. We’ll also hear from the co-founders of “We Can Swim!” which teaches water safety and social responsibility to underserved youth, specifically those of the African American and Hispanic communities who are disproportionately affected by limited access to water safety resources. We’ll have a water industry expert lead us in solution-based discussions around environmental justice and water access for recreation in our most underserved communities.

The event will provide time for a Q&A session with audience participation.

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  • Andy Kricun, Managing Director, Moonshot Missions and Senior Advisor, The Water Center and Senior Fellow, US Water Alliance

  • Clarissa Palmer, Esq., Co-Founder and Executive President, We Can Swim! and Intake and Compliance Attorney, Ropes & Gray LLP

  • Dan Schupsky, Co-Founder, We Can Swim! and Community Outreach Specialist, Philadelphia Water Department

  • Karen Young, Executive Director, Fairmount Water Works

  • Victoria Prizzia, Founder/President, Habithèque Inc.


  • Krystal Pleasant, Communications Manager, The Water Center