Ms. Maya Nye, a doctoral student at West Virginia University School of Public Health, is participating in the upcoming “Women & Water in West Virginia.” Launching in March in conjunction with Women’s History Month, the event is part of the WVU Art in the Libraries’ ongoing WATER exhibit, a cross-disciplinary, multimedia project examining the power and impact of water in various forms.
Ms. Nye’s community organizing work to get state Aboveground Storage Tank laws passed and experience conducting “Women & Water” listening sessions during the 2014 Elk River chemical leak are highlighted in the upcoming exhibit.
In addition to her doctoral program at WVU, Ms. Nye serves as an advocate at the local, state and national level for environmental justice and chemical safety issues affecting fence-line communities like her native hometown in West Virginia’s “Chemical Valley.” Her doctoral research uses the Elk River chemical leak as a case study to examine the associations between governmental disaster management and environmental health disparities.
Prior to enrolling at the School of Public Health, Ms. Nye was actively engaged with People Concerned About Chemical Safety (PCACS), a community organization dedicated to the protection of health and safety of all who reside, work and study in the vicinity of local chemical plants producing highly toxic chemicals.
“Women & Water in West Virginia” runs March 4 – April 30, 2019. Ms. Nye will participate in the March 4 opening reception and the March 28 panel discussion, “Flint & Charleston: Drinking Water Pollution & its Impact on Women’s Health.”Friday Letter Submission