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8th Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference
October 6 – 10, 2021 -  New Orleans, Louisiana


New Orleans Marriott – 555 Canal Street

The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Inc. in collaboration with Texas Southern University will host the Eighth Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference October 6 – 10, 2021. 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 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 engage 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.


New Orleans Marriott 

555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130


Mary I. Williams


New Orleans Marriott 

555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
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HBCU students attending the conference are required to have a faculty mentor.

The conference registration cost is $150 general registration and $50 for students.
 Student travel scholarships are available to students whose abstract has been accepted for oral/poster presentations. Travel scholarships include lodging and transportation (per diem is not included).

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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
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Food Security
  • Faith-based Advocacy and Activism
  • Theologics of Resistance


Click here for the Online Abstract Form

Abstracts will be accepted via electronic Online Abstract Form ONLY. Abstracts will not be processed for review if they are not submitted using the Online Abstract Form. Abstracts that do not conform to official guidelines will not be accepted.

DEADLINE: All abstracts must be submitted via the online abstract form no later than July 15, 2021.
  • Individuals should select oral/poster or poster presentation on the abstract submission form. The final decision of assignment to oral or poster presentation will be determined by the abstract reviewing committee.
  • There will be a monetary award for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place undergraduate poster presentations and a 1st place monetary award for the graduate poster presentation. 
Acknowledgment: Notification of receipt will be sent to the email address provided by the submitting author. Notification of acceptance will be sent no later than August 15, 2021.
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.


  • 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. 


  • Use 48" width, 36" height to develop poster.
  • Posters may 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.


  • 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 the 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.


New Orleans Airport Shuttle – Rates $24 per person one way/ $44 round trip.
To make reservations call 504-522-3500.
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