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Climate Change, Disaster Recovery, and Its Effects on Black and Latinx Communities in the South |


The impacts of climate change are particularly felt in rural Black and Latinx communities throughout the South. Equity cannot be assumed but must intentionally be designed. Our disaster recovery efforts must consider the unique needs of and threats to Black and Latinx communities.

Join us for a timely conversation with Esmeralda Dominguez from Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry and Anita Cunningham from Robeson County Cooperative for Sustainable Development moderated by MDC Senior Fellow Dr. John Cooper, JR.


Dr. John T. Cooper Jr., Assistant Vice President in the Division of Academic and Strategic Collaborations, Texas A&M University Dr. Cooper’s scholarship and practice focuses on participatory planning, particularly as it relates to increasing the extent to which communities can prepare for, survive, and recover from threats to their culture, environment, or economy. He is chair of the Advisory Board for the Center of Disaster Philanthropy and a member of the National Academies Board on Gulf Education and Engagement.

Anita Cunningham Since 2020, Anita has been working with NC Disaster Survival and Resiliency School as the Project Director. Anita is transitioning from her role as Program Director for the Robeson County Disaster Survival and Resiliency School to the Program Director for the NC Climate Solutions Coalition. She is a strong disaster and community organizer in Robeson County, working with Dogwood Alliance for environmental justice opposing the wood pellet industry in Eastern NC. 

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