|Dear Partners, Friends and Colleagues,
I write, first of all, to thank you for your commitment to
participating in the July 12-15, 2010 international conference on, Rebuilding Sustainable Communities with the Elderly and Disabled people after disasters
at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The conference will be held in the
Ryan Lounge which is on the third floor of the McCormack Hall. We have posted the
program, abstracts of presentations and the biographical sketches of the
presenters and facilitators to the conference website.
We are especially
thrilled to have an outstanding group of keynote speakers: Richard Serino, the Deputy Administrator of the United States Department of
Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Marcie Roth,
the Director of the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination at FEMA; D. Napoleon, the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in
the Government of India; Pamela L'Heureux, the National President for IAEM-USA (International Association
of Emergency Managers); James O'Connell,
the founder of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP); and Rosa Perla Resnick, a representative to
the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), to the Department of
Public Information (DPI) of the International Association of Schools of Social
Work (Hong Kong) and to the International Association of Gerontology and
We are also expecting conference panelists, speakers and
participants from all the continents.
Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to the
co-sponsors of the July 2010 conference: the Center for Public Health Preparedness, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University; University College (CCDE), University of Massachusetts Boston; and, the Gerontology Undergraduate Program (BA and Manning Certificate), University of Massachusetts Boston.
The United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) works collaboratively with the Center for
Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD) in order to fulfill
its mission to
U.S. "citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together
to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against,
respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards." FEMA Region I has provided topic-appropriate
speakers and panelists for the July 2010 conference.
I thank you.
Founding Director & Professor
CRSCAD is pleased to announce the winners of the
international student competition which is an integral part of the July 2010
They are: Diana María Contreras Mojica and Stefan Kienberger, Salzburg
University, Austria, Europe;
Ana Lucia da Silva Castro and Natália Utikava, Universidade de
São Paulo, Brazil; Alessandra Marques Sohn, Giovanna Pereira Ottoni, and
Michele Schultz Ramos de Andrade, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil; Michelle A. Langill, University
of British Columbia, Canada; and, Janet Popp, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA.
CRSCAD applauds them and
looks forward to their presentations at the conference.