UMass Boston Community Invited to March 3 Forum with Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer

Colleen Locke | February 29, 2016
UMass Boston Community Invited to March 3 Forum with Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer

S. Atyia Martin to Speak March 3 at 2 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom

The UMass Boston community is invited to meet the City of Boston’s chief resilience officer and offer input on making the city more equitable when it comes to race.

S. Atyia Martin will be speaking at a public forum on Thursday, March 3 at 2 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. The Office of Community Partnerships, which is part of the Division of Government Relations and Public Affairs, is coordinating the event.

Martin told students and faculty in UMass Boston’s School for Global Inclusion and Social Development last year that her focus is on social resilience, race, and racism.

“We’re focusing on what can we do in order to increase the equity that we have across the city. We know that people who suffer the most before disasters are the same people who suffer the most after disasters,” she said. “For us, whether we look at wealth, whether we look at health, whether we look at poverty, regardless of the indicator, what we know is they’re all cut across lines where people of color bear the disproportionate amount of the burden.”

“I’m excited about the synergies between Atyia’s innovative approach to resilience and our expertise at UMass Boston,” said Maureen Scully, the interim director of the Office of Community Partnerships. “We’re both committed to understanding the concerns of the least well off as we design policies and expand knowledge about sustainability.  It’s going to be one of the biggest challenges for the city in coming years, and we at UMass Boston stand ready to be research partners.”

Martin started work in August, and her position is being funded by the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program for two years. Starting this month and continuing through this coming August, she is developing a resiliency strategy based upon her findings during the strategic planning process. The goal is to implement the plan starting this summer.

Martin previously served as the director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission.

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