UMD Students Present Research at 2018 Environmental Justice Summit in North Carolina
Under the guidance of Associate Professor Dr. Sacoby Wilson from the University of Maryland School of Public Health, ten graduate and undergraduate students recently attended and presented at the 20th annual Environmental Justice Summit in North Carolina.
This annual summit is sponsored by the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network and seeks to raise public awareness about a variety of environmental inequities among underserved communities across North Carolina and the broader region. This year, the summit focused on the environmental health issues caused by Hurricane Florence.
The graduate student attendees included:
- Lucy Kavi, MS, Doctoral Student, Graduate Assistant
- Rosemary Ezeugoh, MBA, MPH, Doctoral Student, Graduate Assistant
- Jan-Michael Archer, MS, Doctoral Student, Graduate Assistant
The undergraduate student attendees included:
- Aubree Driver, BS Public Health (expected 2018), Undergraduate Intern
- Beza Dagnachew, BS Environmental Science & Policy (expected 2018), Post-baccalaureate Intern
- Coline Bodenreider, BS Environmental Science & Technology (expected 2019), Undergraduate Intern
- Crystal Mehdizadeh, BS Public Health Science (expected 2019), Undergraduate Intern
- Kesanet Seleshi, BA Psychology (expected 2018), Post-baccalaureate Intern
- Meslech Bellay, BS Economics (expected 2019), Undergraduate Intern
- Vivek Ravichandran, BS Public Health (expected 2018), Undergraduate Intern
The student presentations addressed a variety of environmental justice topics. Students Rosemary Ezeugoh and Jan-Michael Archer presented the poster titled, “Air Quality Assessment of Particulate Matter and Volatile Organic Compounds Near a Concrete block Plant and Traffic in Bladensburg, Maryland. Student Coline Bodenreider presented the poster titled, “Assessment of Healthcare and Social, Economic, and Geographic Vulnerability Pre- and Post-Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.” Students Aubree Driver and Crystal Mehdizadeh presented the poster title, “Maryland Environmental Justice Screening Tool Utilization: A Bladensburg, Maryland Case Study.”
The students are members of the University of Maryland School of Public Health Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) Laboratory. Under the directorship of Dr. Wilson, the CEEJH laboratory emphasizes the use of Community-Based-Participatory-Research partnerships and citizen science to “inpower” communities impacted by environmental justice issues in the Washington, DC region, Southeast, Gulf Coast and other parts of the United States.
Dr. Wilson is an associate professor with the Maryland School of Public Health Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. As an environmental health scientist, Dr. Wilson has over 15 years of experience performing community-engaged research on environmental justice issues and health inequities.