8th Grade Initiative

The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University in collaboration with the Crescent City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated hosted the scholars of the eight grade initiative at the first annual HBCU Climate Change Student Conference. The day of activities focused on “S.T.E.M.-ulating the whole child included three interactive workshops delivered by Dr. Beverly Wright, Happy Johnson and Bernie Mizula. Dr. Wright presented first, explaining Climate Change and the effects it has on their lives. Following a video presentation with further details on climate change an interactive computer application was completed by al scholars demonstrating their personal role in climate change by calculating their carbon footprint score for themselves and their household.

HBCU Student from around the country then educated the scholars on specific aspects of climate change that they are currently studying. After presentations scholars were given a chance to ask questions and gain further knowledge. Happy Johnson provided participants with a local perspective of how climate change affects the gulf coast area and presented on coastal erosion. The final presentation was given by Bernie Mizula on the science of Global warming and impactful careers. This workshop was designed to get the students to begin thinking about climate change and the possible careers for their future.

Scholars of the eighth grade initiative attend schools from all of the city of New Orleans including:

Academy of Our Lady Lutheran High
Cabrini High School McDonough # 35
Chalmette High School McDonough 42
Gentilly Terrace McDonough City Park Academy
Holy Cross McMain
Holy Ghost Catholic School Miller McCoy
Jesuit High School Riverdale High
KIPP Believe College Prep St. Augustine
Lake Area Warren Easton
Lake Forest Charter Xavier Preparatory

The Pre-Collegiate Emerging Scholars Program is a free college preparation program designed to encourage students from various backgrounds to successfully matriculate through middle/high school and enroll in college. During the closing scholars were presented with certificates on completion.




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