6th Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference
Bridging the Gap Between Theory & Experience

September 20 - 23, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana

The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Inc. in collaboration with Texas Southern University, will host the Sixth Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference, September 20 - 23, 2018. The purpose of the conference is to bring together HBCU faculty, students, researchers, climate professionals and environmental justice and coastal community residents impacted by toxic facilities and severe weather events related to climate change in order to bridge the gap between theory and the experiential realities of climate change. The conference will address issues related to climate justice, adaptation, community resilience, global climate issues, and other major climate change topics (i.e. transportation, energy sources, carbon emissions, green jobs/green economy, just transition, and community economic development).
Another goal of the conference is to include local high school students in activities of the conference. College-bound high school students will be introduced to climate science, within the context of how their daily life activities affect climate. The sessions will be interactive, including computer-simulated activities.

Conference Location

Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive
University Center Ballroom
New Orleans, LA 70125

Conference Contact

Mary I. Williams

Hotel Accommodations


Student abstracts are being accepted for oral and poster presentations. Students are encouraged to present an abstract in the following subject areas:
  • Climate Change/Climate Justice
  • Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Community Resilience
  • Green Jobs, Green Economy
  • Energy Sources
  • Carbon Emissions, Cap and Trade
  • Just Transition, Just Sustainability
  • Campus Sustainability
  • Global dimensions of climate change
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Food Security
  • Other
Abstracts will be accepted via the Abstract Online Form only. Abstracts that do not conform to official guidelines will not be accepted.
DEADLINE: All abstracts must be submitted via the online form no later than 5:00 PM Central, April 30, 2018.
PRESENTATION FORMAT:  Author(s) should indicate their preference for oral or poster presentation on the submission form. However, the final decision of assignment to oral or poster presentation will be determined by the abstract reviewing committee.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Notification of receipt will be sent to the email address provided by the submitting author. Notification of acceptance will be sent no later than June 15, 2018.
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Please submit abstracts via the online form. Abstracts will not be processed for review if they are not submitted using the online form.
ABSTRACT INSTRUCTIONS:  Maximum of 300-word count in Georgia 11 point font (excluding title, authors, and affiliations). Define all abbreviations the first time they appear in the abstract.  Avoid formulas, tables, and charts. Do not include references or credits.  Your abstract should be typed into the form single-spaced with no spaces between paragraphs.  Proofread your abstract carefully before submitting; no corrections will be allowed.


Once your abstract has been accepted, you will be required to provide the following information for publication in the conference manual:
  • A 150 word biographical narrative describing your career goals.  Please include your name, classification, school, hometown, and hobbies.
  • Note: If your oral presentation or poster has more than one author, each person must submit a  biographical narrative. All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference manual.

Poster Session Guidelines

  • Use a self-standing tri-fold tabletop poster that is 48" wide, 36" high.

  • Posters should be developed by teams of 2 – 3 students representing a single school.

  • The names of each student on the team and the name of the school should be displayed on the poster and on any handouts.
  • Each team should bring their final printed poster to the conference.
  • Posters can be set up Saturday morning between 8:00 am and 8:45 am. During the poster session reception, students must stand by their posters to discuss their research with conference participants.
  • Posters not removed by the end of the conference will be discarded.

Poster Development Tips

  • Posters should include the title of the presentation and the list of authors. Letters in the title should be at least 1 inch high. Include visuals – text, figures, tables, color photographs, maps, and/or charts.



The conference general registration cost is $100 and $50 for students.
 A limited number of student travel scholarships are available.  Travel scholarships include lodging and transportation (per diem is not included).

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