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Community Engagement & Advocacy

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

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Learn more about DSCEJ CIRC, an integral part of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers (TCTAC) Program.

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Health & Safety Training

In order to create 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

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 helps raise awareness about the disproportionate impact of climate change on marginalized communities and works 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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Dr. Beverly Wright talks to Black News Channel About Climate Change

Addressing environmental and health inequities using a racial equity lens.

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Nov 17, 2023

9th Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference Recap

Our Largest Conference Yet!  ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dr. Beverly Wright, founder and executive director of the DSCEJ, and Dr. Robert D. Bullard, founder and executive director of the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University co-convened the 9th Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference in New Orleans, October 11 – 15, 2023 Themed “Looking Back to Move Forward: Building a Climate Resilient Future with Vulnerable Communities,” the conference addressed the need to provide space for reflection and evaluation of where we are now and what paths we should take moving forward in our quest to fight climate change and to build climate-resilient communities. READ MORE IN THE RECAP REPORT ​​​​​​​...

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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 Justice, will 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 Bullard, Minnesota 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  WHO:                   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 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.    About Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice The Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University addresses longstanding issues of systemic inequality and structural racism that cause disproportionate pain, suffering and death in Black and other people of color communities.  The Center is directed by environmental justice scholar Dr. Robert D. Bullard and is housed in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. It strives to be a leading force for transformative environmental, climate and racial justice using rigorous science, community-driven research, policy, civic engagement programming, and effective advocacy.   ...

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Nov 29, 2023


The Community Investment & Recovery Center (CIRC) Will Help More Than 250 Regional Organizations Secure Vital Federal Funding for Environmental Justice Concerns   New Orleans, LA – The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) announces the launch of an online resource for its Community Investment & Recovery Center (CIRC), one of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Justice Thriving Community Technical Assistance Centers (TCTAC). Over the next five years, DSCEJ will assist more than 250 community-based organizations in rural and underserved communities in applying for and accessing $50 to $100 million in grants to address their community's environmental challenges.    Through the CIRC, DSCEJ will provide technical assistance and help build capacity for the community-based organizations to put them in the best possible position to secure federal funding through the Biden-Harris Administration’s Justice40 initiative, a whole-of-government approach to ensuring 40% of climate investments flow to underserved communities that are overburdened by pollution.   The launch of the online resource is a part of the CIRC information and outreach hub to serve communities in EPA Regions 4 and 6, which span 13 states and 72 tribes. Community-based organizations interested in accessing technical assistance services provided by DSCEJ’s CIRC program can go online to complete the CIRC Capacity Assessment.    “The historic investments made by the Biden-Harris Administration in environmental justice are coming to bear. We are looking forward to serving communities to build their capacities and secure funds now available to them through the administrations’ Investing in America agenda to improve environmental conditions and reduce climate risks,”  said Dr. Beverly Wright, founder and executive director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice. “We have spent decades building the relationships and capacity needed to have an impact on this scale. While our goal is ambitious, we know the most effective solutions are those closest to the community, and now is the time to act on them.”   In August, the EPA awarded DSCEJ a $13 million grant over five years to remove barriers and improve accessibility for communities with environmental justice concerns. DSCEJ is among 16 entities selected nationally through a partnership between the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy to house Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers (EJ TCTACs) and receive $177 million in grant funding.   The EJ TCTAC program is part of the Federal Interagency Thriving Communities Network. The new technical assistance centers will help ensure communities with environmental justice concerns can access President Biden’s historic investments in America to address generational disinvestment, legacy pollution, and infrastructure challenges and build a clean energy economy that will lower energy costs, strengthen our energy security, and meet our climate goals.   ###  ...

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