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Program - Elin Betanzo, Senior Policy Analyst
                      Flint Water Crisis: Community Strength & Oversight Failure

June 24, 2016

Elin Betanzo is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute where she leads the Institute’s Toward Sustainable Water Information Initiative, assessing the availability of water data to inform urgent policy decisions. Recent studies include the Lake Erie drainage basin and in the Susquehanna River Basin.


A Michigan native, Ms. Betanzo grew up in the city of Royal Oak and graduated from Royal Oak Kimball High School. She received her undergraduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech.


In August of 2015, Ms. Betanzo played a critical role in uncovering the Flint Water Crisis by encouraging pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha to conduct a study that discovered elevated lead levels in children living in Flint, Michigan. This discovery, in conjunction with research led by Dr. Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech, exposed the extent of lead contamination in drinking water delivered to residents of Flint.


Ms. Betanzo continues to advise efforts to resolve the crisis in Flint, and she has been raising awareness of lead in drinking water among federal and congressional contacts. She is currently working with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to design a model program for minimizing lead in drinking water.

Discussion - Dr. Darryl Taylor, Cranbrook Horizons Upward Bound Program
                            Nothing but a Chance, Horizons Upward Bound is part of our Community

Darryl L. Taylor DDS H/C'70, is the first HUB (Horizons Upward Bound) graduate and Cranbrook alumnus to direct HUB.  He credits the program for making possible all his successes in life. 


Dr. Taylor became the fourth director of Cranbrook Schools Horizons Upward Bound (HUB) Program in 2010. He is the first HUB and Cranbrook alumnus to lead the program that was founded in 1965 to provide academic enrichment to low-income, potential first-generation college students in preparation for post-secondary education.

July 1, 2016 No Meeting

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