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Addressing Disaster Response and Recovery in Marginalized Communities



Addressing disaster response and recovery in marginalized communities is the focus of this MYD Global episode. Research has shown, racial and ethnic minorities have increased difficulty evacuating prior to a crisis and are more likely to experience disproportionate physical and financial loss during disasters. 


The William Avarette (Bill) Anderson Fund is dedicated to the work done by, and legacy of, William Anderson who passed away in 2013. William spent his career working to understand and mitigate the causes and consequences of hazard risks, in particular, to understand and address the extent to which marginalized groups are among those who suffer the worst consequences when disasters strike. As a gifted researcher, scholar and educator whose tenure included esteemed positions at the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, the National Academies and Arizona State University, Bill served as a mentor and role model to countless new researchers and practitioners in the field. He also fought to ensure funding be dedicated to studying vulnerable populations, and ensuring women and people of color were recruited into all hazards professions – from frontline hazards management to critical hazards research. The vision of the Bill Anderson Fund is that the diversity of the hazard and disaster field be reflective of American society. Its mission is to expand the number of minority professionals in the field of disaster and hazard research and practice.


In this episode we speak with Monica Sanders, Director with the William Averette Anderson Fund for Hazard and Disaster Mitigation, about the work she is doing in this area to help achieve the Funds’ mission.



Organizations mentioned in the video:

William Averette Anderson Fund: https://billandersonfund.org/

University of Delaware: https://www.udel.edu/

Institute for Diversity and Emergency Management: https://i-diem.org/

Natural Hazards Center https://hazards.colorado.edu/

Native Fund: www.thenativefund.org


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