Episode 148:  Supporting the Next Generation of Hazard & Disaster Researchers

We are looking to fill roles in our organizations with talented, diverse individuals. In this episode, Dr. Nnenia Campbell, a disaster sociologist and deputy director of the Bill Anderson Fund, is sharing how this organization provides mentorship and training for the next generation of hazard and disaster researchers.

Some of the key takeaways include: 

  • The Bill Anderson Fund was created to increase the number of underrepresented individuals in the hazard and disaster industry. They partner with companies to provide internship opportunities to graduate students.
  • There is an equity lens we need to remember when it comes to disaster recovery. Underrepresented communities of color are deeply impacted by disasters, and we can positively impact these communities by diversifying the talent in our industry.
  • If you’re interested in providing a paid research opportunity to fellows in the Bill Anderson Fund, you can learn more at https://billandersonfund.org/ways-to-give

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Vanessa Mathews, host

Vanessa Mathews is the founder and chief resilience officer of Asfalis Advisors, where they are focused on protecting the legacy of the leaders they serve through business resilience. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Mathews developed global crisis management and business continuity programs for government and private sector organizations to include Lowe’s Companies, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Jon Seals, producer

Jon Seals is the editor in chief at Disaster Recovery Journal, the leading magazine/event in business continuity. Seals is an award-winning journalist with a background in publication design, business media, content management, sports journalism, social media, and podcasting.

KEYWORDS: Disaster recovery, DE&I, disaster research, disaster sociology, hazard mitigation planning

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