HBCUs Delegation will “Hold Teach In” and Participate in the People’s Climate March in New York City

    The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Climate Initiative, a consortium of black colleges and community based organizations in the Gulf Coast and South Atlantic states, will hold a teach-in at the Global Climate Convergence on September 20, 2014, 10:45am – 12:15pm at the State University of New York Empire State College, 325 Hudson Street, Room 544, New York, NY.   The theme of the teach-in is Building a Strong U.S. “Southern Initiative” to Address Climate Change and Community Resilience , and the goal of the event is to emphasize educating and training leaders from low-wealth and people of color communities in the Gulf Coast and South Atlantic states about the causes, impacts and consequences of climate change, as well as, to highlight mitigation and adaptation strategies.   Effective models for building and enhancing community resilience to disasters will also be discussed.

    Steven C. Washington, a second year Masters student in the Urban Planning and Environmental Policy program at Texas Southern University and a Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland Scholar, will facilitate a Black Youth Caucus workshop entitled, “Mobilizing HBCU Students and Youth to Address Climate Change in Vulnerable Communities” on September 20, 2014 3:00pm -4:30pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus, 122 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY.  The Black Youth Caucus workshop aims to educate and train HBCU students and emerging youth leaders about the causes, impacts and consequences of climate change, mitigation and adaptation strategies. The title of the HBCU youth panel session is, “Strategies for Building an Effective HBCU Student Climate Justice Movement.” This panel serves as a springboard to build collaborative partnerships across the Gulf Coast and expand the HBCU Climate Change Initiative partnership.  Youth Convergence Workshop seeks to demonstrate that it is time for the younger generation to take lead on climate action and lay out a vision for creating innovative partnerships in communities where HBCUs are located.