2nd Annual HBCU Student Climate Change Conference Inspire Student Conversation and Action Around Climate and Justice PDF Print E-mail

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Dr. Beverly Wright, executive director of Dillard University's Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean of Texas Southern University Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs hosted the 2nd Annual HBCU Student Conference: Climate Change Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Experience April 17 – 19, 2014. This year's theme was Building Safe and Resilient Communities for All." Over 100 students, faculty, staff, and environmental justice leaders gathered to participate in the critical discussion about equity and inclusion in the face of climate change. HBCU's in attendance included Dillard University, Florida A & M University, Grambling State University, Howard University, Savannah State University, Southern University Baton Rouge, Spelman College, and Texas Southern University were in attendance. The three day conference included a community tour, an undergraduate and graduate student poster session, student and expert panelist and a Toxics Release Inventory Webinar.

2014 TRI National Conference Draws Diverse Audience PDF Print E-mail

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice co-hosted the 2014 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory and Environmental Conditions in Communities in Arlington, VA May 7 – 9, 2014. Over three hundred attendees gathered to learn more about the Toxics Release Inventory data tools, how to access the tools and how researchers and communities are using the data. Researchers from several institutions looked at the links between air toxics and academic performance by examining air releases from industrial sources around public schools. Other presentations included a community-driven research assessment of spatial disparities, cumulative burden and impact in the distribution of TRI facilities in communities of color. This was Dillard University's first year co-sponsoring the TRI National Conference with the EPA. This year's conference targeted a diverse audience with more participation from environmental justice communities to ensure vulnerable communities gain the knowledge needed to use TRI data to help impact policy and reduce toxic exposure in their communities.

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April 22, 2014 - Dr. Wright is the founder and director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ), and is also a
professor of Sociology at Dillard University in New Orleans. She has veteran advocate for environmental justice,
committed DSCEJ to focusing on restoring the city of New Orleans and its residents affected by Hurricane Katrina.
In 1994, her exemplary research and advisory to former President Bill Clinton landed her a place at the White House
signing of the Executive Order on Environmental Justice.