Event: Introducing Northeastern’s Climate Justice and Sustainability Hub
Northeastern’s new Climate Justice and Sustainability Hub was introduced at a panel event on Wednesday, April 20 at the Amphitheater at Egan Research Center.
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- Dr. Atyia Martin, All Aces Inc. (Moderator)
- Karl Reid, Senior Vice Provost and Chief Inclusion Officer, Northeastern University
- Joan Fitzgerald, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
- Adele Andrews, Hub Coordinator of Sunrise Northeastern
- Melanie Gárate, Climate Resiliency Manager, Mystic River Watershed Association
- David Noiles, Director of ACE youth program
Refreshments and a reception to follow
Atyia Martin – Moderator
Dr. Atyia Martin is the CEO and Founder of All Aces, Inc., an alternative to traditional diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firms. Her personal mission is to unleash the invisible power that every person and organization has to intentionally act to disrupt oppression. Dr. Martin has over 20 years of experience applying the principles of racial equity and social justice during her career in resilience, emergency management, public health, and homeland security.
Dr. Karl W. Reid was appointed Senior Vice Provost and Chief Inclusion Officer at Northeastern University on April 1, 2021. He also holds the title of Professor of Practice in the Graduate School of Education in the College of Professional Studies. Prior to joining Northeastern, Dr. Reid served for seven years as the Executive Director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), marking his return to the organization that gave him his first major leadership experience 32 years earlier. A certified diversity professional, Dr. Reid has been a leading national advocate for diversity and inclusion, and increasing college access, opportunity and success for low-income and minority youth.
Joan Fitzgerald is a Professor of Urban and Public Policy. She focuses on urban climate action and strategies for linking it to equity, economic development, and innovation. In her fourth book, Greenovation: Urban Leadership on Climate Change (Oxford Univ. Press, 2020), she argues that the climate strategies of most cities represent random acts of greenness rather than integrated and aggressive action. She points to leading cities in North America and Europe and offers strategies for cities to accelerate their action. She is leading an initiative to complete a Boston Climate Progress Report, funded by the Boston Foundation.
Adele is one of the Hub Coordinators of Northeastern’s hub of the Sunrise Movement, a youth led movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. Sunrise Northeastern organizes around the platform of a Green NEU Deal, a transformative vision of environmental justice on campus. Adele is a fourth year Political Science and Environmental Studies Major. They have also completed co-ops as the Solar Programs Fellow at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and as the Green New Deal Hub Coordinator at the Global Center for Climate Justice.
Melanie is the Climate Resiliency Manager at the Mystic River Watershed Association. In this role since October 2019, her work focuses on the intersection of climate change, social justice, racial justice, community organizing and advocacy. At MyRWA, she facilitates social service providers, public health experts, municipal leaders, and community members towards a regional approach to climate resilience in the Boston area prioritizing those most vulnerable. She holds a Master of Science degree in Marine Ecology and Climate Change from the University of Rhode Island where she studied nutrient cycling and greenhouse gas fluxes from coastal Rhode Island and Puerto Rico. A native of the Pacific Ocean and Andean mountains of Chile, Melanie enjoys hiking and spending time by the water with her Puerto Rican street rescue dog. Pronouns: she/her/hers.
David is a former REEPer (Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project) when he was in high school and is now its director. REEP is the youth program within ACE (Alternatives for Community and Environment).
Karyn Knight Detering
Karyn is a graphic facilitator & visual creative who will be providing a visual representation of the conversation during the panel. Attendees will have an opportunity to contribute their own ideas as well. Below is a sample of her work and more can be found at Ideas Take Shape.