Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters
John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies
CRSCAD Newsletter
July 2010

Katrina.pic.1Dear 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 Geriatrics (Paris).


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 support 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.

Adenrele Awotona
Founding Director & Professor
CRSCAD announces the
winners of the
International Student Essay Competition

CRSCAD is pleased to announce the winners of the international student competition which is an integral part of the July 2010 conference.

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.

Dear Friends,Katrina.pic.1

We strive to produce solutions for disaster afflicted communities to rebuild, prosper, and grow sustainably.

I invite you to share your findings, publications and other work with us.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

Jennifer Brunson
Research Assistant               
Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD)

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