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Coastal Community Resiliency Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminar - CANCELLED

Paving a Path to Resiliency: What Every Community Member Needs to Know

March 19, 2020
6:30 p.m. at the Hannah S. Block Community Center
120 S. 2nd St., Wilmington, NC 28401
Free and open to all

How do coastal weather events affect our brain-body response? Hear from a local panel of community activists, county employees, citizens and UNCW faculty on the impacts of stress on our individual resilience and community resilience, and how we are creating connectedness and building systems and community connections to weather the next event that comes our way. The sixth installment of the Coastal Community Resiliency Series will be a panel discussion hosted by Dr. Anka Roberto, Assistant Professor at UNCW School of Nursing and Dr. Ashley Wells, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Impact at UNCW College of Health and Human Services. 

Discussion Leaders:

  • Audrey Hart, Director, New Hanover Disaster Coalition
  • Kate Oelslager, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, New Hanover County
  • Mebane Boyd, Director, Resiliency Task Force
  • Dr. Anka Roberto, UNCW School of Nursing
  • Dr. Ashley Wells, UNCW College of Health and Human Services


About the Coastal Community Resiliency Seminar Series

This conversation is the first in a new monthly series of research seminars that will examine what it means to be a resilient community living in the coastal zone. UNCW and the Cape Fear Region are fully immersed in the benefits and challenges of living in the coastal zone. Those challenges crystallized when Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wilmington and lingered for several days. The resulting damage compromised the university’s mission and ability to be a community resource. As we recover, UNCW has an opportunity to be a leader in both the research and implementation of best practices in coastal community resilience. The seminar series provides opportunities to hear from local and national leaders in coastal resilience research, initiate a dialog among UNCW’s researchers and community leaders, and foster partnerships with the local community.

This monthly seminar series to highlight ongoing research, scholarship, and creative activity related to hurricanes and coastal community resiliency. Our focus is intentionally broad. In our view, a full consideration of community resiliency in the coastal zone refers to engineering solutions to protect from storms and climate change, public policy that promotes stewardship and sustainability, the ecological services provided by living resources, and human institutions that protect and sustain the physical and mental health of communities following times of distress.