Who we are

The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) is a global non-profit established to facilitate change by integrating equity into all aspects of emergency management. Our focus is on humanity and our vision supports the empowerment of marginalized communities within all phases of the disaster management cycle.

statement from the cEO

“The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management was founded to serve as a source of hope for the future of emergency management. It is my belief that there is a fierce urgency of now. As we stand at the precipice of change, let us leap together into a diverse, inclusive and equitable future for everyone.”

– Chauncia Willis

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Julius Becton Scholarship


I-DIEM Announces Lt. Gen. Julius Becton Scholarship Award Winners

The winners are:

Wendell Grinton

Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD student in the Disaster Resilience and Risk Management (DRRM) Program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

“I hope that I can use this award to improve how we alert and notify the public about emergencies and disasters so we can begin to lessen the impact that these emergencies and disasters have, especially on underserved communities!”

Carmen Reed

Urban Planning and Environmental Policy PhD student at Texas Southern University

“My plan to improve the disaster outcomes for underserved and marginalized populations is to ensure that the underserved populations are well-prepared in advance.”

Daniella Plaza

Urban Planning and Environmental Policy PhD student from Texas State University

“My dissertation topic is Identifying the Disproportionate effects of COVID-19, Hurricane Harvey, and Hurricane Katrina – A Pandemic within a Pandemic.”

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