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Amplify This! is a dynamic new podcast hosted by Chauncia Willis, Co-founder and CEO of I-DIEM and Monica Sanders, International Disaster Policy Expert. Each month, they are joined by emergency managers, diversity, equity & inclusion experts, social justice advocates, and more from the world of disaster management and beyond. They discuss the realities of recent disasters, inequitable policies, and the impact of disaster management practices on marginalized and underserved communities.

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Episode 1:

The Pandemics Disproportionate
Effect On Communities Of Color

Dr. Michelle Dovil of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University join co-hosts Chauncia Willis, Co-founder and CEO of I-DIEM (Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management) and Monica Sanders, Professor at Georgetown University and the University of Delaware. Together they discuss the disproportionate effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color, particularly in the United States.

Episode 2:

The Impact Of Evictions On Our Communities

Attorney Abdul Rehman Khan of McCarter & English joins co-hosts Chauncia Willis, Co-founder and CEO of I-DIEM (Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management) and Monica Sanders, Professor at Georgetown University and the University of Delaware. As the firm’s first Pro Bono Fellow for the City of Newark, Abdul Rehman’s leverages the firm’s pro bono resources to represent low-income tenants facing eviction. In this episode, Monica, Chauncia, and Adbul Rehman discuss the impact of those evictions on communities of color, immigrants, and the U.S. at large.

Episode 3:

Anaís Roque And Bacilia Angel Share Their Experiences As Latin Women For Hispanic Heritage Month

This month Monica and Chauncia are joined by Anaís Roque, a Graduate Research Associate in Environmental Social Science from Arizona State University and engineer, entrepreneur, diversity and inclusion ambassador, and STEM enthusiast, Bacilia Angel.Together they discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Hispanic and Latino communities, what it means to be Afro-Latina, Hispanic Heritage Month, and of course, everyone’s favorite Puerto Rican dish, mofongo.

Episode 4:

Monica & Chauncia Discuss Voting Equity In The Upcoming Election

As it is October 2020, and the pivotal US election looms, this month Monica & Chauncia discuss between themselves the challenges to voters in the election – especially for people of color and underserved communities. Voter suppression, candidate misogyny, and most importantly, making a plan to vote.

Episode 5:

The Impact Of Evictions On Our Communities

Monica and Chauncia are joined by Dr. S. Atiya Martin, celebrated emergency management professional and CEO of All Aces, in a special live broadcast for the “Alliances for Equity” Virtual Forum series in October 2020. The series was organized by the Resilient Nation Partnership Network (RNPN), a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) initiative, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Over 30 speakers from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors came together to discuss current challenges and actionable steps toward prioritizing and building a more equitable future.Dr. Martin, Monica, and Chaunica discuss what we can do to make a more equitable landscape for frontline communities, or as Dr. Martin calls them priority communities. Additionally, what we can do to make emergency management, as well as the agencies that communities and stakeholders depend on, more equitable and fair.