Community Engagement & Advocacy

The partnership called "Communiversity" promotes bilateral understanding and mutual respect between community residents and academicians. 

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Health & Safety Training

In response to community interest in creating employment opportunities for residents in cleaning up environmental hazards, the DSCEJ developed and has conducted worker health and safety training since 1995.

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Gulf Equity Consortium

We expect that the work of this project will be transformative and will be guided by the nexus of three basic principles forming the foundation for our work...

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Research and Policy

We develop and manage innovative research and policy studies that build knowledge and inform policies for achieving environmental, climate and economic justice...

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HBCU Climate Change Consortium

The Consortium was conceived to help raise awareness about the disproportionate impact of climate change on marginalized communities to develop HBCU students leaders...

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International Connection

A vital component and ever expanding network of Environmental Justice professionals.

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The Latest

The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and Texas Southern University have launched a unique collaboration - the HBCU-CBO Gulf Coast Equity Consortium.

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Navigate NOLA

Navigate NOLA is the social and emotional community wellness division of DSCEJ Inc.

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The Latest

May 15, 2019

Moisture/Mold Awareness & Moisture Assessment Workshops Rapid Response Training

December 17, 2018 - As a result of flooding that occurred due to Hurricane Harvey, many Houston residents have been concerned about potential health effects that they are experiencing or could possibly experience due to the disaster. In particular, many homes were flooded and residents were interested in knowing if the area where they spend the most time, their home, had mold or could potentially have mold growth. Mold can cause some individuals to experience adverse upper respiratory issues as a result of water intrusion and/or excessive water events like Hurricane Harvey. Thus, moisture/mold awareness and moisture assessments workshops were specially developed to address the needs of the Houston community. The workshops included information which raised participant awareness about general moisture and mold information, health effects associated with excessive indoor mold growth, appropriate protective equipment to wear when cleaning up disaster related debris, conditions needed to promote mold growth, and moisture prevention and control. Hands-on workshops were conducted and engaged participants by teaching them how to: Properly don and doff protective equipment used when cleaning after a disaster Perform moisture mapping and assessments Operate a moisture meter to determine water content in the building materials in their home Ultimately, the awareness and hands-on workshops provided participants with information on how to address water intrusion and active moisture and mold growth issues in their homes as well as how to identify hidden moisture that could lead to mold growth.   Approximately 20 individuals attended the workshops on December 1st and 15th, 2018. Workshops were taught by Deep South Center for Environmental Justice environmental technical trainers, Kim Dunn and Bruce McClue, along with assistance from Andrew Rollins, assistant instructor at Texas Southern University. Participants represented communities from the 5th Ward and Pleasantville in Houston, TX. At the end of the training sessions, residents were given a moisture meter to do an assessment in their home and to share with other family and community members. The rapid response training was funded by the JPB Foundation.    ...

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May 14, 2019

Gulf Equity Water Corps: Youth Raising Awareness about Sea Level Rise and Flooding Along the Gulf Coast

The Gulf Equity Water Corps. is an intergenerational project designed to develop climate justice leaders in the Gulf Coast Region. The Gulf Equity Water Corps is comprised of HBCU student interns from Dillard University and Texas Southern University, as well as, high school students from New Orleans, LA and Houston, TX respectively. The HBCU interns are conducting research on drainage capacity and flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans and the Pleasantville Community in Houston, TX. The Interns are assisting faculty mentors and community leaders with research and the development of a curriculum to design a water focused project to raise awareness about sea-level rise, flooding, and water asset mapping in their communities. The HBCU interns will present the results of their research and final curriculum in five (5) stages: (1) interactive training to high school students (2) the HBCU interns and high school students, also known as The Corps, will present via webinar, (3) students give a presentation at a community meeting, and (4) a student train-the-trainer session in the Fall of 2019. The Corps will also have an opportunity to present their research (stage 5) at the 7th Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference, November 13, 2016, 2019. The Gulf Equity Water Corps Project is allowing students to develop the skill set to advocate and become trainers for other youth within their communities. The project goal is to build youth awareness on how to build community capacity and collaboration around the issues related to sea level rise and flooding to improve community resiliency. This project is funded by the Bezos Foundation.  ...

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Mar 16, 2019

HBCU Climate Change Consortium participate in The Climate Reality Leadership Training Corps

HBCU Climate Change Consortium Co-Director, Dr. Beverly Wright organized a delegation of members from the HBCU Climate Change Consortium to participate in the 2019 Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in Atlanta, GA from March 14 – March 16, 2019. The Consortium’s partnership with the Climate Reality Project helped bring a diverse group into the Climate Reality Project training space. This year, the focus of the training came from an environmental justice lens. Environmental justice experts, faith leaders, students, and people of color community leaders gave heartfelt and sobering presentations about the devastating impact that climate change is having on vulnerable communities in the southeast region of the United States and around the world. HBCU Climate Change Consortium, Co-Director and Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University, Dr. Robert Bullard, facilitated a breakout session, “A Safe Place to Live, Work, Play and Pray: 30 Years of the US Environmental Justice Movement” and participated on a panel with Former Vice President Al Gore, Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences and Dr. Kim Cobb, Georgia Power Chair, “The Climate Crisis and Its Solutions,” session.  Al Gore said, “We all live in this house (Earth), we can’t ignore the fire in the bedroom or kitchen. The fire impacts all of us. We should not just say, Not in My Back Yard (NIMBY) but NOPE, Not On Planet Earth.”  Members of the Consortium had an opportunity to network and expand their knowledge about renewable energy, community resilience, and green jobs to equip environmental justice communities with the resources and knowledge to develop sustainable and resilient neighborhoods for all. Climate Reality Leadership Training    ...

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