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Thursday, May 6 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Session 5 - The Importance of COVID Community Champions

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History demonstrates that residents of color are disproportionately impacted by disasters, the COVID-19 crisis and response has highlighted this disparate impact in cities large and small, urban and rural.  As communities prepare for and respond to disaster, immigrant and BIPOC communities, and those who serve them, are often left out of the planning and execution of emergency response.

This session aims to address this disproportionality by addressing the proactive ways communities can improve emergency response, community engagement, and planning. Attendees will leave this session with tools and resources that support:

  • Making the case for adopting inclusive emergency management strategies
  • Diversifying participation in the emergency management ecosystem
  • Embedding policies and programs that lead to a more equitable response in times of crisis

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Imam Sheikh Salahadin Wazir

CEO & Founder, African and Immigrant Communities in America, Inc.
Imam Sheik Wazir was born in the East Part of Ethiopia. He received a BA in Sociology and worked at the American Embassy in Rome, Italy for 3 years. He also worked with the state of Washington for 10 years as a social worker. Here in the state of Georgia, Imam Wazir worked for the... Read More →
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Shun Tucker-Allen

Faith Coordinator, Fair Count
Shun Tucker-Allen currently serves as the Faith Coordinator for Fair Count, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization. She is a proud native of Atlanta, Georgia. After more than 14 years as an independent contractor, she joined the Stacey Abrams for Governor team as the Political Coordinator... Read More →
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Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean

Vice President, Fair Count
Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean is the Vice President at Fair Count, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, founded by Stacey Abrams. The goal of Fair Count is to ensure that every person in Georgia and the nation is seen, heard, and counted for a fair and accurate census and to building... Read More →
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Erin Mann

Co-Principal Investigator, National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM)
Erin Mann, MPH, is the Program Manager and co-principal investigator for the National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM). Erin also serves as the Global Collaborations Coordinator for the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility at the University... Read More →
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George Zavala

Western Regional Manager, Welcoming America
George Zavala is the Western Regional Manager at Welcoming America. His work assists network members in Western states in making local policy, program, and systems change that advances immigrant and refugee inclusion. George previously oversaw the direction and scope of Diversity... Read More →

Thursday May 6, 2021 3:00pm - 4:15pm EDT