Culturally-Minded DISASTER RESPONSE
“Culturally-Minded Disaster Response,” Columbia Climate School Virtual Talk by Fatima Mann, J. D
In the presentation with respect to disaster relief response, Fatima will address what currently exists for relief efforts, what efforts have arisen since Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey, what are the issues with the current infrastructure, policies that support the current infrastructure, policies that are being advocated to support more human-centered approaches, operational and policy recommendations for FEMA, and other relief programs.
Fatima Mann Fatima Mann’s life’s mission is to assist others experience the full joy of loving and accepting themselves. Fatima learned how to serve others through joining AmeriCorps Vista in 2013, which catapulted her into a life of service. Her personal experiences and continuous service in the heart of systematically oppressed communities molded her into a cultivator of social equity. Serving as an AmeriCorps Vista, pushed her to become involved in combating police brutality through co-founding the Austin Justice Coalition (AJC) an Austin based social justice organization. Her work with AJC allowed her to participate in the creation of the body wearing camera policy for the Austin Police Department. She eventually attended and graduated from Southern University Law Center (SULC) in 2018. As a full-time law student Fatima co-founded Counter Balance: ATX (CBATX) a Austin-based self-care and social justice organization. Fatima served as Executive and Policy Director of CBATX, receiving several awards, the 2018 National Association of Social Workers Public Citizen of the Year Award, 2018 Measure Austin Big Data & Community Policing Appreciation Award, and the 2017 Austin Community College Equity Activist Award.