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B-CU Hosts National Conference on Equitable Development


The National Conference on Equitable Development at Bethune-Cookman University, held June 20 – 21, 2018, will provide a forum for discussion of approaches to addressing health, economic, housing and environmental disparities in our communities. 

The conference aims to provide under-resourced and/or low-income communities with strategies for shaping development that addresses their needs and respects their values. It will build capacity for smart growth, environmental justice and equitable development that community-based organizations, local and regional decision makers, developers and others can use to build healthy, sustainable, and economically vibrant communities.

Keynote speakers are Dr. Joseph Telfair, president of the American Public Health Association, who is also currently professor, dual chair and Karl E. Peace Distinguished Chair of Public Health at Georgia Southern University; and Mustafa Santiago Ali, senior vice president of Climate, Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus, a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the hip hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change. 

The conference will be hosted by the Determinants of Health Institute located in the Petrock College of Health Sciences at Bethune-Cookman University as part of its Health Equity Summit series in collaboration with the University of South Florida (USF) Patel College of Global Sustainability, USF Center for Brownfields Research and Redevelopment, Florida A&M University (FAMU) School of the Environment, FAMU Institute of Public Health and CARDNO. To learn more and register, click here.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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