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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Accessibility Symposium Wednesdays

April 16, 2021

MAEOE is holding a four-part Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, Accessibility Symposium Series on Wednesdays in April and May. There is no charge for this event. We hope that you will be able to attend all 4 symposium, but you can register for each date.

DEIJ Symposium; four-part series: Food Justice, Accessibility to Nature, Air Quality and Community Health, and Creating Safe & Welcoming Spaces Outdoors. Participants will discuss their work and personal experiences in a conversational style discussion.

MAEOE believes that diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility are at the core of ensuring an environmentally sustainable future. Our commitment is to address and tackle challenges in access to services, products, talent and accessibility to resources in diverse Maryland communities. We advocate for an inclusive and welcoming space for all Marylanders.


  • Food Justice – Urban Gardening & Food Security, Wednesday April 21, 11:30 – 12:30
  • Accessibility - Mental Health & Disabilities, April 28, 11:30 – 12:30pm
  • Air Quality and Community Health, May 5, 3:30 - 4:30pm
  • Creating Safe & Welcoming Spaces Outdoors, May 19, 3:30 - 4:30pm

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April 21, 11:30 – 12:30: Food Justice – Urban Gardening & Food Security

Moderator: Dr. Nia Imani Fields, Maryland 4-H Program Leader and Assistant Director of Maryland Extension (UMD)

Thomasina Rogers , Founder, Black Girls Grow

Sha’Von Terrell, Deputy Director, Black Church Food Security Network

Dr. Mamie Parker, MaParker & Associates, Introduction

Katrina Jones – Host, MAEOE Board of Directors

April 28, 11:30 – 12:30pm: Accessibility - Mental Health & Disabilities

Moderator/Host: Lisa Jones, MAEOE Advisory Council

Amanda Marie Wahle, University of Maryland Extension-4-H Youth Development, Extension Specialist-Environmental Science

Mary Bowie, CTRS Therapeutic Manager, Special Programs Division Asst. Chief, M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County

May 5, 3:30 – 4:30pm: Air Quality and Community Health

Moderator: Mamie Parker, MaParker & Associates

Jan-Michael Archer, PhD Student, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, University of Maryland-College Park

Brittany Drakeford, Community Planner, Prince George's County Planning Commission

James Roberson – Host, MAEOE Advisory Council

May 19, 3:30 – 4:30pm: Creating Safe & Welcoming Spaces Outdoors

Moderator: Mamie Parker, MaParker & Associates

Michelle Ramirez, Multicultural Outreach Coordinator, Department of Natural Resources

Curtis Bennett – Host, MAEOE Advisory Council

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