Oct 4, 2023

NEW ORLEANS, LA – On Wednesday, October 11, 2023, leading environmental justice organizations, the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) and Robert D. Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justicewill kick off the ninth annual HBCU Climate Change in New Orleans, LA.  This year’s conference theme is Looking Back to Move Forward: Building a Climate Resilient Future for Vulnerable Communities. The conference will bring together HBCU faculty and students, researchers, climate professionals, and environmental justice and coastal community residents impacted by toxic facilities and severe weather events.

Notable speakers include Dr. Beverly Wright, Dr. Robert BullardMinnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Chair Brenda Mallory of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Dr. Mithika Mwenda of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, Tennessee State Representative Justin Pearson, Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the HipHop Caucus and Dr. Calvin Mackie of STEM NOLA among other scholars, students, advocates, and experts.

WHAT:  Ninth Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference

  • Dr. Beverly Wright, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
  • Dr. Robert Bullard, Robert D. Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice
  • Attorney General Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General
  • Chair Brenda Mallory, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Carly Phillips, Research Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Dr. Mithika Mwenda, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance
  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood, HipHop Caucus
  • Dr. Calvin Mackie, STEM NOLA
  • Tennessee State Representative Justin Pearson
  • LaTricea Adams, Founder CEO & President of Black Millennials 4 Flint and the youngest African American woman appointed to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC)
  • HBCU students and faculties
  • Environmental justice community leaders, activists, and policymakers

WHERE: JW Marriott
614 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 11 to Sunday, October 15.

If interested in covering a particular session, please reach out to DeepSouth@skdknick.com for additional details.


About the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
Families in the Gulf Coast deserve to live in communities that are free from deadly air and are more resilient to climate change and extreme weather. The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) works to empower and engage communities to put environmental justice and equity at the center of all climate action. Led by environmental justice scholar and advocate, author, civic leader, and professor of Sociology Dr. Beverly L. Wright, the DSCEJ uses research, education, and community and student engagement to advocate for policy change, lead health and safety training for environmental careers, develop social and emotional community wellness programs, and create new and environmentally healthy opportunities for the residents of communities disproportionately impacted by historic environmental injustice.