Fordham in Community: A Summit on Community Power and Just Climate Actions
Host: Rhina Valentin
As host of BronxNet’s OPEN Friday, Rhina is focused on lifting human-centered stories with an eye towards fostering empathy and community bridge-building.
Keynote: Elizabeth Yeampierre, Esq.
A national leader in the climate justice movement, Elizabeth is the co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance and executive director of UPROSE, Brooklyn's oldest Latino community based organization.
Marc N. Conte, Ph.D.
Marc is an Associate Professor of Economics whose primary research interests focus on the provision of environmental public goods.
Annetta's leadership roles include Director for Policy and Advocacy at United Neighborhood Houses and Executive Director of South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!).
Luncheon Panel: Global Migration, Climate Displacement, and Racial Justice
Dr. Epsy Campbell, Chairperson UN Permanent Forum on People of African Descent,
Annetta Seecharran, Executive Director, Chhaya,
Andrew Rasmussen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology
Keynote: Community Power: Environmental and Climate Justice
Elizabeth Yeampierre, Esq, FCRH '80, Executive Director of UPROSE
Co-Chair of Climate Justice Alliance
Networking Reception & Conversation with Dr. Marc Conte:
The Role for Economics in Climate Policy and Environmental and Social Justice.
FULL SPEAKER BIOS
Rhina Valentin, host of BronxNet’s OPEN Friday
Nicknamed “La Reina del Barrio” Rhina is a native New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent and a television host focused on lifting human-centered stories with an eye towards fostering empathy and community bridge-building. A beloved spokesperson for her community, she is making a mark in New York City’s entertainment industry for her unique approach to advocating for and celebrating diversity.
Elizabeth Yeampierre is a internationally recognized Puerto Rican attorney and environmental and climate justice leader of African and Indigenous ancestry born and raised in New York City. A national leader in climate justice movement, Elizabeth is the co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance. She is Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn's oldest Latino community based organization. Her award winning vision for an inter-generational, multi-cultural and community led organization is the driving force behind UPROSE. She is a long-time advocate and trailblazer for community organizing around just, sustainable development, environmental justice and community-led climate adaptation and community.
For two decades, Annetta has championed positive change locally and internationally. Her leadership roles include Director for Policy and Advocacy at United Neighborhood Houses and Executive Director of South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!). A Guyanese immigrant to New York City, Annetta holds an M.A. in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University, a B.A. in Political Science from Manhattanville College, and executive management certificates from Columbia Business School and Harvard Business School. She serves on the board of the New York Immigration Coalition.
Andrew Rasmussen, Ph.D., is head of the Culture, Migration, and Community research group; and the Director of the Master’s Program in Applied Psychological Methods. Dr. Rasmussen’s research focuses primarily on the psychosocial needs and assessment of forcedly displaced populations (e.g., refugees, asylum seekers). Although well versed in psychological trauma, Dr. Rasmussen’s more recent work focuses on other forms of stress experienced by forced migrants, how cultural features interact with service delivery to this population, and the wellbeing of low-income immigrant communities in general. Following his doctorate, Dr. Rasmussen worked at Bellevue Hospital’s Program for the Survivors of Torture before coming to Fordham in 2012. In addition to scholarly research, Dr. Rasmussen has been involved in policy development and program evaluation of psychosocial programs serving trauma-affected populations around the world.