We Are One With Flint: It's Not Just About the Water

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April 13, 2016 – 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 convened the 4th Annual HBCU Conference: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Experience, March 29 –April 2, 2016. Over 300 students, faculty, staff, community leaders and environmental experts gathered to participate in the critical discussion about equity and inclusion in the face of climate change. Colleges and Universities in attendance included Alabama A & M University, Claflin University, Dillard University, Florida A & M University, Fisk University, Grambling State University, Howard University, Huston-Tillotson University, Lincoln University, North Carolina A & T, Southern University A & M College, Baton Rouge, Spelman College, Tennessee State University, Texas Southern University, Tuskegee University, and the University of Michigan. Highlights from the five day conference included the We Are One With Flint Panel, the Plantation to Plant Mississippi River Chemical Corridor Tour, the Damu Smith Power of One Award, undergraduate and graduate student panels, a student poster session, and Green Entrepreneurship Roundtable and the high school initiative workshop.

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Louisiana residents travel to Galena Park to support EPA Refinery Rule

Twenty-four residents representing eight Louisiana communities traveled to Galena Park, Texas on August 5, 2014 in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency Refinery Rule to force petroleum refineries to reduce toxic air emissions. The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in partnership with Advocates for Environmental Human Rights organized a group of community residents who have suffered both physical and psychological health problems from toxic chemical exposure due to emissions from nearby refineries in their community. There are currently 142 petroleum refineries in the United States. Exposure to toxic air pollutant emissions can cause upper respiratory problems and can increase the risk of developing cancer.

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HBCU Climate Change Initiative – Moving forward from the Big Apple to the Big Easy

Over 400,000 people gathered for the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21, 2014 to send a message to the world that now is the time for our nation to take responsibility in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The HBCU Climate Change Initiative student and faculty delegation descended on New York with 105 representatives from Dillard University, Florida A & M University, Grambling State University, Howard University, Lincoln University, Southern University Baton Rouge, Spelman College, Tennessee State University, Texas Southern University, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

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One of Five Black Environmentalist Worth Celebrating

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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.

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