We are committed to delivering robust support to graduate students in the hazards and disaster field to build a future cohort of professionals, mentors, academics, and researchers who can address inequities and make fair and swift response possible for our communities. Our initial focus is on delivering robust professional development support to minority graduate students who are historically underrepresented in careers related to hazards and disasters. Our work empowers the diverse next generation of professionals, academics, and researchers as leaders who are well-equipped to facilitate meaningful social change on complex issues of inequity. Ultimately, our aim is to prioritize the lived experiences and expertise of marginalized communities in solidarity with their pursuit of disaster risk reduction and environmental justice.
Since its establishment in 2014, the Bill Anderson Fund has enrolled nearly 100 students. BAF Fellows represent a total of 19 disciplines ranging from the social sciences to engineering, to emergency management. BAF Alumni have gone on to professional roles in academia, research, policy, and practice, representing institutions such as Howard University, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and AECOM.
BAF Fellows and Alumni research, host workshops in disaster and hazard mitigation and respond directly to a diverse range of hazards and disasters.