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HBCU Climate Change Consortium

The Consortium was conceived to help raise awareness about the disproportionate impact of climate change on marginalized communities to develop HBCU students leaders, scientists and advocates on issues related to environmental and climate justice policies, community resilience, adaptation and other major climate change topics—especially in vulnerable communities in the southern  United States where the vast majority of HBCUs are located and where more billion-dollar disasters  occur than the rest of the country combined.
In 2011, because of the urgent need to diversify leadership in the environmental arena, Dr. Beverly Wright, Executive Director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Inc. and Dr. Robert D. Bullard, Distinguished Professor at Texas Southern University (Houston) launched the Historically Black College and University Climate Change Consortium.

9th Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference Oct. 2023

Texas Southern University will co-host in collaboration with The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice the IN-PERSON Ninth Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference October 11 - 15, 2023.  The purpose of the conference is to bring together HBCU faculty and students, researchers, climate professionals and environmental justice and coastal community residents impacted by toxic facilities and severe weather events related to climate change in order to bridge the gap between theory and the experiential realities of climate change. The conference will address issues related to climate justice, adaptation, community resilience, global climate issues, and other major climate change topics (i.e. transportation, energy sources, carbon emissions, green jobs/green economy, just transition, and community economic development).

Location & Lodging
JW Marriott 614 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-6500
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HBCU Conference Discount Group Rate: $265 Discount Deadline: September 20, 2023

Conference Contact:
Mary I. Williams


HBCU students attending the conference are required to have a faculty mentor.    

The conference registration cost is $250 general registration and $100 for students.
EARLY BIRD OFFER: $200 and $75 for students    

*Student travel scholarships are available to students whose abstract has been accepted for oral/poster presentations.
Travel scholarships include lodging and transportation (per diem is not included).

Student Abstract Submission Guidelines

DEADLINE: The call for student abstracts is September 1, 2023.

Student abstracts are being accepted for oral and poster presentations. Abstracts will be accepted via electronic Online Abstract Form ONLY. Abstracts will not be processed for review if they are not submitted using the Online Abstract Form. Abstracts that do not conform to official guidelines will not be accepted.

Students are encouraged to present an abstract that has been conducted in the following subject areas:
  • Climate Change/Climate Justice
  • Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Community Resilience
  • Energy Sources
  • Carbon Emissions, Cap and Trade
  • Just Transition, Just Sustainability
  • Campus Sustainability
  • Global dimensions of climate change
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Food Security
  • Faith-based Advocacy and Activism
  • Theologics of Resistance
Individuals should select oral/poster or poster presentation on the abstract submission form. The final decision of assignment to oral or poster presentation will be determined by the abstract reviewing committee. There will be a monetary award for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place undergraduate poster presentations and a 1st place monetary award for the graduate poster presentation.

Acknowledgment: Notification of receipt will be sent to the email address provided by the submitting author.

ABSTRACT INSTRUCTIONS: Maximum of 300-word count in Georgia 11 point font (excluding title, authors, and affiliations). Define all abbreviations the first time they appear in the abstract.  Avoid formulas, tables, and charts. Do not include references or credits.  Your abstract should be typed into the form single-spaced with no spaces between paragraphs. Proofread your abstract carefully before submitting; no corrections will be allowed.
Poster Abstract Acceptance Requirements:
A 150-word biographical narrative describing your career goals.  Please include your name, classification, school, hometown, and hobbies.
Note: If your oral presentation or poster has more than one author, each person must submit a  biographical narrative. All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference manual.
Poster Sessions Guidelines:
  • Use  36 X 48  Foldable Fabric Poster (www.posterpresentations.com)
  • Posters may be developed by teams of 2 – 3 students representing a single school.
  • Posters can be set up Saturday morning between 8:00 am and 8:45 am. During the poster session reception, students must stand by their posters to discuss their research with conference participants.
  • Each team should bring their final printed poster to the conference.
  • Posters not removed by the end of the conference will be discarded.
Poster Development Tips:
Posters should include the title of the presentation and the list of authors. Letters in the title should be at least 1 inch high. Include visuals – text, figures, tables, color photographs, maps, and/or charts. The material should be well labeled and legible from a distance of 2 yards. Lettering should be bold. If you will be posting typed material, use a large font size (20 to 24 point font) on white, pale yellow or cream-colored, non-glossy paper. Use 1-inch margins. Avoid the use of fancy fonts. Use upper and lowercase letters. Simple serif fonts such as "Times New Roman" are easier to read than sans (without) serif fonts such as "Geneva".