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Accra, Ghana – May 2, 2024 – The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) is proud to announce the official launch of the I-DIEM Global Climate and Cultural Fellowship Program (GCCFP) in Ghana, West Africa. Situated at our newly established Global Resilience & Outreach Center in Accra, Ghana, the GCCFP marks a pivotal moment in our commitment to empowering youth and catalyzing climate action and resilience through innovative means.

The Fellowship is a pioneering initiative immersing undergraduate students in a comprehensive, engaging experience centered around policy, advocacy, community engagement, and research for community-crafted resilience solutions (CCRS). By enhancing education, awareness, training, and evidence-based strategies for climate action and resilience, the GCCFP seeks to equip participants with the tools and knowledge necessary to address the urgent challenges caused by climate change. Earlier this year, I-DIEM unveiled its global expansion plans, including establishing I-DIEM’s first Global  Resilience & Outreach Center in Ghana. This expansion underscores I-DIEM’s dedication to promoting equity in disasters worldwide and advancing our mission of fostering a more inclusive and equitable future.

“The launch of the Global Climate and Cultural Fellowship Program represents a pivotal stride towards fostering global climate resilience. While Africa contributes less than 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it stands as the continent least equipped to withstand the calamitous impacts of climate change perpetuated by the actions of the Global North,”  stated Chauncia Willis, CEO of I-DIEM and I-DIEM Africa.We seek to alleviate the grossly disproportionate burden shouldered by African nations in a crisis they did not instigate. This fellowship solidifies our commitment to promoting climate justice on the world’s most vulnerable continent.”

The GCCFP offers participants an immersive journey integrating cultural understanding, political education, and collaborative partnerships with local organizations. This holistic approach, combined with valuable research opportunities, promises to ignite innovation and sustainability in every participant. Through strategic collaboration with I-DIEM Africa, the University of Ghana, the University of Cape Coast, local nonprofits, NGOs, and communities, the GCCFP will amplify its impact and empower both fellowship participants and communities across Africa.“We believe in investing not only in the future of climate sustainability but also in the future leaders who will drive change,” added Chauncia Willis. “By equipping youth with the tools, knowledge, and opportunities they need, we’re paving the way for global impacts toward equity, sustainability, and climate resilience.”  

I-DIEM has set a fundraising goal of $75,000 to support the launch and implementation of the GCCFP. Supporters can contribute to this initiative via I-DIEM Africa’s Global Climate and Cultural Fellowship Program fundraising sites at Global Giving and Kindfull.  #ClimateResilience #YouthLeadership #Sustainability #GCCFP2024 #GCCFP #Resilience #Diversity #Youth #Ghana #WestAfrica

About the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management

The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management is a 501(c)3, global non-profit organization established to facilitate change by integrating equity into all aspects of emergency management. Our focus is on humanity, and our vision supports empowering marginalized communities within all phases of the disaster management cycle. For more information about I-DIEM and its initiatives, visit www.I-DIEM.org.  

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Contact: Greg Padgett, Director of Communications – Media Relations
678.977.9375
Greg.Padgett@i-diem.org
www.i-diem.org

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