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ATLANTA – August 2, 2022 – The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) announced Brittany Giles-Jones, Jacob Zamorano, and Taylor Nicks as recipients of the 2nd Annual Lt. General Julius Becton Jr. Scholarship Program.

Brittany Giles-Jones is a Ph.D. student in humanities at Clark Atlanta University with a passion for community-serving higher education programs that enhance career pathways for people and communities of color within the emergency management enterprise. Jacob Zamorano is currently pursing his Master of Science (MS) degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security at Arkansas Tech University with emphasis on improving outcomes among underserved and marginalized populations by developing approaches that eliminate language barriers and cultivate improved preparedness. Taylor Nicks is pursing her bachelors degree in Social Entrepreneurship at Rollins College and hopes to create a business that not only provides short-term assistance to vulnerable populations negatively impacted by disaster, but also provides programmatic support for increased resilience.

“These recipients are academic scholars and dedicated to improving outcomes that align with many of our organizations vision and mission” says Chauncia Willis, Chief Executive Officer of I-DIEM. “It is our hope that the scholarship continues to support their future endeavors and continues to increase opportunities for more diverse leadership that is reflective of the many communities we serve.”

The Lt. General Julius Becton Jr. Scholarship Program was developed in 2020 in recognition of Lt. General Julius Becton Jr’s accomplishment as the first minority to serve as FEMA Director from 1985 to 1989. Awarded annually, these recipients represent the legacy of Lt. General Julius Becton Jr. and the continued growth of I-DIEM’s signature scholarship program. For more information on the Julius Becton Jr. Scholarship, visit Julius Becton Scholarship – I-DIEM. To donate to the future scholarship fund, please donate today Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management | Kindful.

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 support the empowerment of marginalized communities within all phases of the disaster management cycle.

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