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"You can’t talk about environmental injustice without talking about environmental racism. It actually should be called environmental slavery. Race is the biggest predictor of where environmental hazards appear. You’re not going to address these issues looking at income. Race is at the center.” - Dr. Sacoby Wilson
"Let’s be honest, many of our green advocates do not represent the voices of people who feel the racism and are victims of these inequalities. When you talk about centering marginalized communities, you need to step back and let them talk about their experiences." - Dr. Mary Anne Akers
"If I ask 'What drove you to be here?' immigrants say, 'I needed a job to feed my family,' not climate change. But if you dig a little deeper…farm had been experiencing drought and stopped producing. We are causing migration and blaming migrants for the situation in the US." - Catalina Rodriguez-Lima
Mary Anne Akers is the Founding Dean for the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. As an academic administrator, she has led interdisciplinary teams of faculty, staff, and students who are strong advocates for diversity, inclusion, andeducational equity. Together, they have accomplished outcomes because of their awareness and sensitivity to cultural and ethnic pluralism, as well as individual differences. Under her leadership, the School of Architecture and Planning has engaged with communities and conducted research on urban issues.
As the Director of MIMA, Catalina is responsible for promoting community well-being, economic development and the inclusion of immigrant and refugee communities in the City of Baltimore. Her office oversees the city’s compliance with federal regulations related to serving the Limited English Proficient (LEP) constituency. In addition, MIMA staffs Boards and Coalitions such as the Baltimore City Hispanic Commission, The Baltimore City Hispanic Advisory Council for Public Safety, and the New Americans Task Force –these last two created under Catalina’s leadership-to craft programs and policies to target the city’s estimated 50,000 foreign born. She is a member of the Community University Collaborative Council of Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, Providers by the Maryland Office of Refugees and Asylees, Johns Hopkins Centro Sol, Legal Aid Language Access Task Force, The Open Society Leadership Institute and The Baltimore City Hispanic Advisory Council for Public Safety. Catalina received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies with a concentration in Latin America Studies and Spanish Literature from Towson University. A native of Ecuador, Catalina moved to the United States in 2000.
Dr. Sacoby Wilson directs the Center for Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health (CEEJH). He has over 20 years of experience as an environmental health scientist in the areas of exposure science, environmental justice, environmental health disparities, community-based participatory research, water quality analysis, air pollution studies, built environment, industrial animal production, climate change, community resiliency, and sustainability. He works primarily in partnership with community-based organizations to study and address environmental justice and health issues and translate research to action. Dr. Wilson, a two-time EPA STAR fellow, EPA MAI fellow, Udall Scholar, NASA Space Scholar, and Thurgood Marshall Scholar, received his BS degree in Biology/Ecotoxicology with a minor in Environmental Science from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1998. He received training in environmental health in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Wilson received his MS degree in 2000 from UNC-Chapel Hill and his PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2005.
Kevin Lindamood has worked for over 20 years at the intersection of homelessness and health. He has been an outreach worker, clinician, community organizer, advocate—and since 2011, the CEO of Maryland’s leading provider of integrated health services for people experiencing homelessness. Lindamood serves on Maryland’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, as the Governance Committee Chair for The Journey Home: Baltimore’s Continuum of Care and as the Policy Committee Co-Chair for Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore. He holds an MSW from the University of Michigan, a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University and is a graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Program.