4th Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference - Bridging The Gap Between Theory and Experience

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4th Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference 
March 30 – April 3, 2016

Dillard University

Professional Schools and Sciences Building
Georges Auditorium

2601 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70122


Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in collaboration with the Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leland School of Public Policy at Texas Southern University will host the 4th annual HBCU Climate Change Conference March 30 – April 3rd, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The purpose of the conference is to bring together HBCU faculty and students, researchers, climate professionals and environmental justice and coastal community residents impacted by toxic facilities and severe weather events 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 the 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 games.



Marriott Convention Center Downtown New Orleans
859 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130

To receive the $189 room discount rate, ask for the HBCU Climate Change Conference room block or click on the link to the right. Deadline to receive this rate is March 15, 2016:




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Student abstracts are being accepted for oral and poster presentations. Students are encouraged to present an abstract that has been conducted 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

Abstracts will be accepted via electronic submission only. Abstracts that do not conform to official guidelines will not be accepted. 

DEADLINE: All abstracts must be submitted via the online form. The abstract deadline has been extended to March 4, 2016 5:00 pm central.

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 March 11, 2016. 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Please submit abstracts by clicking the SUBMIT ABSTRACT button to the right. 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 high resolution color photo (headshot - mid chest to head) of yourself in jpeg format; a cell phone photo that adheres to the prescriptions outlined is allowed.
  • 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 photo and 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 material should be well labeled and legible from a distance of 2 yards. Lettering should be bold. If you will be posting typed material, use a large font size (20 to 24 point font) on white, pale yellow or cream-colored, non-glossy paper. Use 1-inch margins. Avoid use of fancy fonts. Use upper and lowercase letters. Simple serif fonts such as "Times New Roman" are easier to read than sans (without) serif fonts such as "Geneva". 


There will be a six foot table available for each school to display your school paraphernalia. Please bring your University table skirt and items to decorate your table. 

If you have questions, please call Mary Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 504-816-4028. We are looking forward to an exciting and engaging event.



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