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I-DIEM News & Media Updates

I-DIEM CEO Moderates Emergency Management Growth Initiative Virtual Panel: https://youtu.be/bS4xKq1qjnA

I-DIEM CEO Keynotes the National VOAD Conference on Racial Justice and Equity in Emergency Management: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y60FtRrYODg&t=49s

2021 Natural Hazards Workshop Features I-DIEM Keynote Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHP2WSWLevE&t=1s

WNYC: Are Disasters Natural?: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/takeaway/segments/are-disasters-natural

I-DIEM Featured on Multi-Hazards Podcast: https://youtu.be/SHbICqDp3ao

I-DIEM Provides Testimony on Federal Response to Hurricane Harvey before the United States Commission on Civil Rights: (416) Civil Rights Implications of Disaster Relief: Hurricane Harvey in Texas – Panel 2 (English) – YouTube

I-DIEM Co-Founder Testifies Climate Change Before House Homeland Security Committee: (416) Hearing: Examining Climate Change: A Threat to the Homeland – YouTube

I-DIEM Successfully Advocates for Update to FEMA Policy on Heir’s Property:

Black News Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgHQH9QiDKA&t=137s

NPR: https://www.gpb.org/news/2021/06/29/why-fema-aid-unavailable-many-who-need-it-the-most

NPR: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/30/1011901524/lower-income-survivors-are-less-likely-to-get-fema-aid-after-disaster-documents-

WBUR: https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2021/09/08/fema-policy-black-homeowners

I-DIEM Promotes Environmental Justice and Health at NACHC 50th Anniversary Webinar: https://youtu.be/gQlCl8wa8K4

I-DIEM Leads Inclusive Resilience Workshop with City of Sarasota: https://www.nlc.org/article/2021/12/15/how-sarasota-fl-is-leading-on-climate-resilience-equity-training/

I-DIEM Provides Congressional Testimony Before 117th Congress House Appropriations Committee: https://youtu.be/Y2qsjHmZvfg

I-DIEM Provides Congressional Testimony on Ensuring Equity in FEMA’s Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery: https://youtu.be/khtG_CkVn34

National Disaster Safety Board Legislation:

On Friday, May 28, 2022, Senators Schatz and Cassidy reintroduced the Disaster Learning and Lifesaving Act which would create the National Disaster Safety Board. I-DIEM provided policy review and recommendations on the legislation which was first introduced in October 2020.IDIEM provided additional Disaster Expert, Scholar and Academic Institution support along with Former FEMA Administrators, Craig Fugate and Brock Long, and a collaborative of over 40 local, state, and national organizations and coalitions.

I-DIEM Keynotes Southeast and Caribbean Disaster Resilience Partnership Annual Meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmUdgTNpi7A&list=PLN1Eo26yGEtC8u8bOQPazldbyfjWMK8Yi&index=7

I-DIEM Provides Congressional Testimony on Pandemic Response and the Unequal Impacts of COVID-19: House Hearing on Coronavirus Pandemic and Response | C-SPAN.org


I-DIEM Chief of Staff Serves on ASPA Disaster Panel: (416) Dismantling White Supremacy Part 6: Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness – YouTube

I-DIEM Featured in Forbes Magazine on “How Scientific Research Can Help Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives: How Scientific Research Can Help Diversity And Inclusion (forbes.com)

I-DIEM Serves on Panel Advocating for Increased Use of Data to improve Disaster and Racial Disparities: https://youtu.be/4NtrhKf9518

NPR: Disaster Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations: https://www.npr.org/2020/08/21/904790465/its-peak-hurricane-season-you-should-have-these-plans-ready

COVID-19 Equity Problem is Easier to Identify Than Solve: https://news.vcu.edu/article/COVID19s_equity_problem_is_easier_to_identify_than_it_is_to_solve

By Greg Padgett, Director of External Affairs, Communications, & Storytelling The climate crisis is an escalating global challenge that impacts everyone, but it hits marginalized communities, including LGBTQIA+ individuals, particularly hard. This reality is exacerbated by the increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters due to […]
Marginalized Groups Along the Gulf Coast Will Face the Greatest Risks By Greg Padgett With the 2024 Hurricane Season officially underway – forecasters are predicting what could be a historic year for hurricane activity. With increased storm frequency and intensity expected, Gulf Coast communities are bracing […]
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 & […]
I-DIEM’s very own CEO and President, Mrs. Chauncia Willis-Johnson: was recently awarded the Neil Frank Award at the 2024 National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Florida. This award is presented to an individual for making a major national or international impact in hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation, or related fields through […]
[ORLANDO, Florida] – Monday, March 25, 2024 – The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) proudly announces receiving two esteemed awards at the 2024 National Hurricane Conference. CEO, Chauncia Willis, has been honored with the prestigious Neil Frank Award, while the organization was […]
In the face of the escalating climate crisis, it becomes increasingly evident that marginalized communities and people of color bear a disproportionate burden of the impacts. The battle against extreme weather events caused by climate change requires a collective effort, one that prioritizes the needs and […]
It’s official! 📢 Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management is now a global nonprofit! I-DIEM Africa was established in Ghana, West Africa last week. I-DIEM Africa’s Global Outreach Centre will launch in Accra, Ghana along with the I-DIEM Africa Community Engagement and Resilience Innovation […]
An eight-member delegation from the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) has called on the Mayor of Accra to discuss the establishment of a global outreach centre in Accra to educate communities and raise awareness about climate change impacts. The delegation led by […]
Modeled After NTSB, National Disaster Safety Board Would Help Communities Become More Resilient to Disasters WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-La.) today reintroduced the Disaster Learning and Life Saving Act, bipartisan legislation that would create an independent board to investigate […]
As the response and recovery continue for the devastating wildfires impacting the Hawaiian  Islands, I-DIEM understands that disasters such as this impact the most marginalized  communities the hardest. On Maui, this is the disproportionately large unhoused Native  Hawaiian population. Those individuals who did not own the […]
TAMPA – August 11, 2023 – The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) announced Tamara Doss, Qwantaria Russell, and Lillian Evasew as recipients of the highly-coveted 3rd Annual Lt. General Julius Becton Jr. scholarship.  Tamara Doss is a Ph.D. Student at Jacksonville State […]
In 2001 and 2002, President George W. Bush signed a series of Executive Orders which in part, established the Office for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, provided equal protection under the law for faith-based organizations and importantly, increased their access to federal grants. While this action was […]
Tuesday US President Joe Biden designated a three-part national monument to memorialize the racist and brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till by two white men in 1955. Till was accused of grabbing a white woman, an allegation recanted 62 years later in 2017. The monument sites […]
As an intern, most wouldn’t have the opportunity to travel with an organization in the early days of their internship. I was given the monumental opportunity to capture content for the HERricaneNC program. My perception on the emergency management field changed immensely. Prior to the trip, […]
This #WorldOceansDay, Waterkeeper Alliance is celebrating the #30x30 movement - a global call to action to protect at least 30% of lands, waters, and ocean by 2030! Congratulations to Waterkeepers Bahamas and BREEF for garnering support from the Prime Minister of the Bahamas Philip Davis to issue a proclamation to declare a National Ocean Protection Week for June 8th to 14th, 2023!
The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) recently participated in the recent Native American Commission meeting in Baton Rouge, LA. Opportunities where marginalized communities are prioritized within the government are key examples of how we can empower our communities toward a resilient future. […]
WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell traveled to southern California and participated in two events on Friday, Aug. 5 — the HERricane Los Angeles conference, followed by a Women in Homeland Security SoCal Chapter meeting. Both events celebrated women working in emergency management and encouraged the nation’s […]
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 […]
The Leflore County Board of Supervisors learned valuable EMERGENCY management skills in a tabletop exercise Tuesday at the Leflore CountyCourthouse.  U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson chose Greenwood as one of five locations within the state for the exercise. Thompson’s choice was made in part to aid the […]
On July 20, 2022, the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) was invited to testify before the 117th Congress’s House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery on the topic of “Supporting Underserved Communities in Emergency Management.” I-DIEM’s testimony focused on the impacts […]
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) hosted a briefing on how the federal government as well as states and cities around the country can better incorporate equity into emergency management. Climate change is driving more frequent and severe impacts such as polar vortices, sea level […]
This article was originally published on Politicopro.com He grew up in the segregated South attending elementary schools with no indoor plumbing, no cafeteria and no white students. Later, he went on to lead efforts in Congress to make the federal response to disasters and climate change […]
African Americans and people in lower socioeconomic groups are being disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to speakers on a coronavirus webinar hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University and the American Society for Public Administration. Susan T. Gooden, Ph.D., dean of the L. Douglas Wilder School […]
Ida made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm on Sunday. Reports of damage are still coming in, but the recovery for Louisiana and other Gulf States is expected to be lengthy based on the devastation seen so far. We’re approaching the peak of a […]
Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in the United States are disproportionately affected by disasters. This disparity stems from decades of historical and systemic disinvestment and discrimination in communities of color, resulting in socio-economic inequities, poor health outcomes, high incarceration rates and environmental justice issues.
When people discuss research in the context of corporate Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), the vast majority of references point to one of two types of findings that allegedly support the value of D&I: (1) studies showing a correlation between various types of corporate diversity and some […]
Injustices like racism and white supremacy extensively manifest in emergency management and disaster preparedness. As the world faces more disasters each year, the need to name, understand, and address racism and white supremacy is all the more needed. We will discuss: •The causes and effects of […]
A House Homeland Security subcommittee examined the coronavirus response and the impact of the virus on minority communities. The hearing focused on the health and equity disparities in minority communities that have contributed to high COVID-19 infection and mortality rates. Witnesses highlighted lack of testing, high […]
The Southeast and Caribbean is a diverse region of people at different levels of readiness for a disaster. Deep and complicated legacies of inequality and injustice along lines of race, gender, and other identities amplify barriers to resilience, recovery, and adaptation. As we concurrently face a […]
On Friday, May 28, 2022, Senators Schatz and Cassidy reintroduced the Disaster Learning and Lifesaving Act which would create the National Disaster Safety Board. I-DIEM provided policy review and recommendations on the legislation which was first introduced in October 2020.IDIEM provided additional Disaster Expert, Scholar and […]
After attending a racial equity training session hosted by NLC in 2019, Stevie Freeman-Montes, Sustainability Manager for the City of Sarasota, Florida at the time, returned home knowing that she wanted to share what she had learned with her own city staff. But the timing was […]
The country’s top environmental official, EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan, joined a panel of health center leaders and other experts to discuss the impact of climate change and a toxic environment on public health. Panelists dEscribed how health centers are responding and working to promote environmental […]
FEMA is making changes to a policy that has disproportionately affected Black homeowners in the South who didn’t have documentation like deeds to show proof of ownership. They will now be able to receive aid after a disaster. Here & Now’s Tonya Mosley talks with Chauncia […]
Internal FEMA documents suggest low-income disaster survivors are less likely to receive some types of housing assistance. Critics point out there are also racial disparities in who gets help. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: An NPR investigation finds the federal government is not providing crucial assistance to some […]
The people who need help the most after disasters are least able to get it from the federal government. Internal records show that FEMA knows it has a problem. AILSA CHANG, HOST: When a hurricane destroys your house, the clock starts ticking every day without stable […]
Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chauncia Willis, discusses the systemic impacts of disaster assistance on generational wealth among African American families and offers hope for new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) policies geared toward “heirs properties” embracing the […]
On Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 12 pm Eastern Time, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held a virtual briefing on the civil rights implications of the federal response and impact of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. At this virtual public briefing, the Commissioners heard from subject […]
How can emergency management (EM) change? Include different kinds of staff? Better serve diverse communities? Join this Multi-Hazards episode as Chauncia Willis, Co-Founder and CEO of the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) and seasoned EM practitioner herself, shows us the joys and […]
Wildfires. Flooding. Hurricanes. These all come to mind when one thinks of natural disasters. There have been many this year including the most recent flooding in Tennessee where at least 21 people died and many more are still missing. But just how natural are these disasters? […]
The enemy of equity is the failure to acknowledge existing inequities. Now more than ever, it is critical that we—as a society—acknowledge the embedded bias that exists within all systems and structures, including emergency management and hazards mitigation.
Lisa Joyslin of the Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administrators (MAVA) and Chauncia Willis of the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) address racial justice and equity within the emergency management industry.
The “Emergency Management as a Career” panel series introduces students, professionals and those interested in or thinking about a career in Emergency Management to experts in the field. This panel is aimed at those with a background in public administration/the nonprofit space.

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