SURGE WAVE Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 1

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SURGE KICK-OFF FEB. 2019

2018 REPORT

What's Next?

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WAVE Newsletter of the Minority SURGE Capacity in Disasters Initiative

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2019 Kickoff in Puerto Rico! - by DeeDee Bennett, PI In February, the SURGE Scholars, team leaders, and community partners met in San Juan, Puerto Rico. During the 2019 Kickoff, SURGE Team leaders were able to reintroduce all stakeholders to the mission and goals of SURGE and provide an overview for the relationship between SURGE and the NSF INCLUDES initiative. The student scholars from across the nation were able to meet each other in person, finally. The all-day event was comprised of six sessions; SURGE Overview, Disaster Recovery in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Student Engagement in Reconnaissance Missions, a Networking Lunch, Introduction of additional partners, and a post-disaster planning and recovery special tour of communities in San Juan.

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Before the start of the event, we hosted a reception dinner at Casita Miramar. Each participant was able to introduce themselves to the group officially and we ‘broke the ice’ with a short game to focus on our similarities. The next day, we loaded up the minivans and went to the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, where most of our sessions were held. While we initially grappled with the decision to host our kick off in Puerto Rico, instead of U.S. Virgin Island, our choice centered around finances and convenience. With several of our students being from the host institution, we did not have to pay for their airfare. Furthermore, organization and logistics were no longer a burden on our community partners, since Dr. Santos-Hernandez and her center offered to be our eyes and ears on the ground. During the session on Disaster Recovery in the U.S. Virgin Islands, we heard from our partners Ms. Imani Daniel and Dr. Greg Guannel about long-term recovery planning projects ongoing with the St. Thomas Long Term Recovery Team and a food security project ongoing at the University of Virgin Islands and VI EpSCOR. After hearing from our community partners, we reviewed the current and future goals of our engagement in the USVI. With the introduction of 11 new students to the fold, we revisited each student's skills and passions creating a space for us to explore opportunities for synergy with each other and with our partners' needs. The networking lunch provided a space for students to connect with team leaders and partners. Additionally, two students Olivia Vila and Isaiah Higgs were able to tap into another skill and take the lead on creating a new video for SURGE to submit to the 2019 STEM For All Showcase. Following the lunch, we had introductions about the Bill Anderson Fund, the Natural Hazards Center, CONVERGE project - funded by NSF, and CLERR, a new initiative started through the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Throughout the day each of us learned so much about disaster response, recovery, community engagement, our future boots-on-theground missions, and the expected poster to present at the Natural Hazards Workshop. Though we were exhausted, we still had an exclusive tour of communities in San Juan to provide participants with a broader understanding of Puerto Rico's development trajectory, its social vulnerability to disasters, the outcomes of Hurricane Maria, and challenges for post-disaster recovery. We visited the Citizen Transformation Center and learned about community resilience and capacity building. Team Leader, Lori Peek, wrote an excellent piece on the significance of this visit on our outreach blog, here. We want to send a special thank you to the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras for hosting this event.

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Team Leaders Present at University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras Internal Evaluator, Dr. Nnenia Campbell and external evaluator, Dr. Jenniffer Santos-Hernández organized a session on disaster research for University of Puerto Rico -Río Piedras scholars, professors and students from various disciplines. Panel participants included, Dr. Campbell and other team leaders including Drs. Norton, Louis-Charles and Bennett. The 3-hour panel presentation and discussion was well attended with nearly 20 people from the campus interested in the research ongoing. Among the attendees, team leaders were able to establish meaningful connections with researchers interested in broadening their studies to include disaster specific response, recovery, and mitigation practices, given the ongoing efforts following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Leadership Changes in SURGE Our leadership headquarters has moved! Since January 2019, the SURGE initiative has been located at the University at Albany -SUNY within the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity , where team leader, Dr. DeeDee Bennett, has moved. Additionally, team leader, Dr. Hans Louis-Charles is moving to Virginia Commonwealth University to join the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program, housed in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs in the Fall of 2019. With the leadership changes, we have gained a new NSF Award Number: #1929204. These changes have not stopped our momentum; we are still on track and have grown to include 20 students.

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2018 Reconnaissance Report June 2018, the SURGE research team visited U.S. Virgin Islands to explore the effects of the 2017 hurricane season. Scholars learned from community leaders and on-site partners about the ongoing recovery efforts, participated in a community service activity, and surveyed the visible impacts. By September of 2018, the first cohort of SURGE scholars produced a reconnaissance report entitled: “Scholars from Underrepresented Groups in Engineering and the Social Sciences (SURGE): Field Report for a Service Learning Post-Disaster Reconnaissance Mission to the U.S. Virgin Islands.” Using a combination of field observations, listening sessions with community leaders, meetings with on-site partners, and visual documentation scholars solicited information on the ongoing recovery efforts. Scholars participated in a community service activity and surveyed the visible impacts of the 2017 hurricanes in St. Thomas and St. John while in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Their field report offers an account of our team’s experience during the reconnaissance mission and highlights key findings of the impacts of the 2017 hurricane season on the built and natural environment and its consequences in the lives of people in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The scholars have recently transformed their report into a publication. Please keep up with the SURGE and Natural Hazards Center websites - we will post once published. Current Student Scholars

SURGE Scholar Alum Spotlight My name is Shanasia Sylman, and I was one of the first 10 graduate students in SURGE, as part of the initial cohort. In May of 2018, I graduated with my Master in Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. A couple of months after our first trip out to the U.S. Virgin Islands, I started a job with the National Park Service as an Outdoor Recreation Planner. I work within a service-wide planning division and focus on planning projects that deal with the improvement and sustainability of park facilities and operations. I have the wonderful opportunity to work parks from across the country and assist them in solving critical issues and problems. I am still within the first year of my job and have a lot to learn along the way, but I do hope to integrate climate change and disaster preparedness planning for parks into my focus moving forward.

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Mentor List We are forever grateful for the wonderful mentors, who volunteered to help guide our student scholars. Many were able to take on more than one mentee. Lonnie Booker, Ph.D. Director and Professor, Emergency Management Program Kansas Wesleyan University Henry V. Burton, Ph.D., S.E. Assistant Professor, Structural Engineering Englekirk Presidential Endowed Chair in Structural Engineering University of California, Los Angeles Christopher Emrich, Ph.D., GISP Boardman Endowed Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Public Administration University of Central Florida Ann-Margaret Esnard, Ph.D. Distinguished University Professor, Public Management and Policy Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Georgia State University Jill Gambill Public Service faculty University of Georgia Kay Goss Former Associate FEMA Director David Hondula, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Arizona State University Jessica Jensen, Ph.D. Associate Professor Head of the Department of Emergency Management North Dakota State University Betty Sao-Hou Lai, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology Boston College

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D. Executive Director Healthcare Ready William Lovekamp, Ph.D. Professor, Sociology Eastern Illinois University Sarah R. Lowe, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Psychology Montclair State University Jacqueline McBride, Ph.D. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Branch Director Department of Homeland Security/ Federal Emergency Management Agency David McEntire, Ph.D. Professor, Dean of College of Aviation and Public Services Utah Valley University Brenda D. Phillips, Ph.D. Dean College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Indiana University South Bend Alka Sapat, Ph.D. Professor BPSA Program Coordinator Florida Atlantic University Joseph Trainor, Ph.D. Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration University of Delaware Ken Walsh, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Ohio University Gary Webb, Ph.D. Professor, Emergency Management and Disaster Science Chair, Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science University of North Texas

Current SURGE Scholars
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Muritala Adegoke, Morgan State University Luz E. Agudelo, College of Charleston Génesis Álvarez Rosario - University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras Paula Buchanan, Jacksonville State University Lilian Bui, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Miriam Commodore- Mensah, University of Nebraska at Omaha Sahar Derakhshan - University of South Carolina

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Rashon Lane - University of Carolina, San Francisco Ashley J. Méndez Heavilin - University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras Covel McDermot - University of Delaware Karen Montes-Berríos - University of Delaware Farah Nibbs - University of Delaware Danielle Nicholson - Florida A&M University Morolake Omoya - University of California, Los Angeles

Isaiah Higgs - East Carolina University

Christina Kaululani Sun - University of Washington

G. Maris Jones - University of Pennsylvania

Mehari Tesfay - University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Julian Jones - Tuskegee University

Olivia Vila - North Carolina State University

Scholar Spotlights Olivia Vila received the NC State Chancellor’s Creating Community Award for Outstanding Graduate Student

Covel McDermot honored by Oracabessa High School

Read more here…

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New Website Features! Our website is expanding! We have included a new resources section, which provides important books, articles and websites related to reconnaissance missions, research ethics, quick response research, and a few on marginalization during disasters. Our outreach section contains all of our highlights, notes, and newsletters. This year, student scholars will provide articles to include in the outreach blog about their experiences in St. Thomas. Soon, we will have an evaluation section, which will highlight internal evaluations of the overall SURGE experience, the mentoring program, and the boots-on-the-ground field study. Please keep up with us online www.surgedisasters.com.

What’s Next? STEM For All Showcase (May 13-20th) - Save the Date! Last year, we submitted a 3-minute video to the STEM for ALL Video Showcase and won Public Choice Recognition! STEM for ALL is an interactive, week-long video showcase event that features over federally funded projects. Projects showcase their innovations in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science education in formal and informal settings. This year over 200 projects will compete, including SURGE. We encourage you to view videos of interest, post queries, and feedback to the presenters, and vote for your favorites (hopefully SURGE). Thousands of researchers, K-12 educators, higher ed faculty, administrators, policymakers, aspiring investigators, graduate students, and parents will take part. We look forward to your active participation. In 2018, our video had over 6,000 views and reached 855 different visitors from over 300 locations worldwide. While the majority of our visitors were in the US and North America, we were able to have views from every continent, with several from Europe, Asia, and Africa. During the showcase last year, the team leaders noticed that we were not just representing the SURGE program, but we became the introduction to Emergency Management and Disaster research for many visitors. This year, we hope to have just as many visitors, if not more - but we need your help. On May 13th, please visit and vote on our video, which was directed, designed, and edited by two of our student scholars, Olivia Vila and Isaiah Higgs! You will find our video https:// stemforall2019.videohall.com/p/1439, which becomes live on May 13th. NSF INCLUDES National Convening (May 29 & 30) Team leader, Dr. DeeDee Bennett will represent SURGE at the !7


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National Science Foundation’s INCLUDES National Convening. The 2-day meeting will bring together the NSF INCLUDES community. We will refine a shared vision of the National Network, discuss metrics to represent the Network’s progress, create and deepen relationships among Network members and offer opportunities for peer-to-peer learning. At the convening, the updated SURGE poster will be presented to highlight our previous and future activities, as well as lessons learned. Research and Service in St. Thomas, U.S. VI (June 19- 25) As part of our commitment to the St Thomas Long Term Recovery Team, we are gearing up to return to the island to work on projects related to food security, and GIS mapping. We plan on splitting into at least four teams to work on various projects, which will both provide real on-the-ground experiences for the student participants and meaningfully assist our partners on-site. We will have more about our experience in the next newsletter. While we are there, we also hope to work with other organizations with service-related activities. Natural Hazards Workshop & Researchers’ Meeting (July 14- 19) Following our transdisciplinary field studies in the U.S. Virgin Islands, scholars will prepare for the 44th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop (NHW) July 14-19, 2019. This year the theme is Convergence: Coming Together to Improve Hazards and Disaster Research, Practice, and Policy. At the Natural Hazards Workshop, SURGE scholars will have the opportunity to meet and interact with disaster researchers from several disciplines and potentially share findings from their reconnaissance experience via panels, poster sessions, and at the researchers’ add-on meeting. During the workshop, please stop by the countable discussion on Diversity and Inclusion in Hazards and Disaster Research on Sunday, team leaders, Dr. DeeDee Bennett and Mrs. Norma Anderson are convening. During the NHW, SURGE Scholars will have the opportunity to meet with fellows from the Bill Anderson Fund (BAF), another partner of the SURGE initiative. The Bill Anderson Fund was created in honor of the legacy of William “Bill” Averette Anderson who passed away in 2013. His vision and the vision of the fund is that diversity of the hazard and disaster field be reflective of American society. The mission of the BAF is to expand the number professionals from historically marginalized groups in the field of disaster and hazards research and practice. The SURGE initiative shares this vision. The BAF is currently in transition to being housed and the University of Delaware reporting into the Disaster Research Center.

Keep up with our ongoing activities:

www.surgedisasters.com surgedisasters@gmail.com www.facebook.com/surgedisasters

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant no 1744479 and1929204. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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