April 4-6, 2013 The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice hosted the First Annual HBCU Student Conference on Climate Change and Community Resilience. The inaugural event,themed “Bridging the Gap Between Climate Change Theory and Experience” was hosted in New Orleans at Dillard University. Students and Faculty from 10 different Historically Black Colleges and Universities were in attendance. The conference included thought-provoking panels and Keynote speeches dynamic leaders including J. Marshall Shepherd, President of the American Meteorological Society, Rev.Lennox Yearwood, President and CEO of the Hip-Hop Caucus and a Community Tour of East Plaquemines Parish led by Rev. Tyrone Edwards of the Zion Travelers Cooperative Center.
Student leaders also presented on campus engagement in Sustainability and Environmental Justice. Students and Faculty were also held a poster session that was attended by local 8th grade students as part of a Dillard University College Readiness Program.
DSCEJ Executive Director, Dr. Beverly Wright reminded participants that this was the first of many more to come. For more information on the HBCU Student Conference on Climate Change and Community Resilience please visit www.dscej.org