November 1, 2019
There is a “fierce urgency of now”. More complex and dangerous natural disasters are expected to impact the United States. Communities of color, women, people with disabilities, and the socioeconomically disadvantaged groups are disproportionately impacted by extreme weather and other emergencies due to inadequate infrastructure, limited financial resources, and sub-standard environmental conditions. The factors contributing to increased vulnerabilities of communities of color and other marginalized groups during disasters have been caused by institutional racism and other inequitable policies. Our diverse communities need champions of diversity, inclusion and equity in emergency management to support efforts to ensure a more prosperous future and build resilience in preparation for impending disasters.
The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) and Savannah State University’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management program will host a Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management Convening on Saturday November 16, 2019, that will bring together emergency management (federal, state, local, non-profit), diversity and inclusion, civil rights, social and environmental justice experts and other thought leaders to discuss the current state of diversity and inclusion in emergency management. The convening will bring together individuals who have worked on or have a vested interest in furthering diversity, inclusion, and equity within emergency management to build resilience and improve disaster outcomes in vulnerable communities.
1) Discuss and document current diversity, inclusion, and equity issues within the field.
2) Develop potential solutions for addressing issues.
3) Create specific goals and performance measures for improving diversity, inclusion and equity in emergency management.
Who is Attending
Thought leaders and practitioners in diversity, inclusion, social equity and emergency management.