May 25, 2019  

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University-Led Hurricane Recovery Programs Focus of Nov. 7 Presentation

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A case study examining university-led hurricane recovery programs focused on community sustainability by including cultural elements relevant to program participants will be the focus of a presentation Nov. 7 on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Jolanta Smoleñ Santana, whose research interests include post-disaster education programs and the role of universities in emergency response, will be the guest speaker for the presentation, “University Engagement in Culturally Relevant Post-Hurricane Educational Programs,”  to be held at 6 p.m. in the International Center, room 101. Students, faculty, staff and university administration are encouraged to attend.

The case study, conducted at Renaissance Village in Baker, La., one of the largest FEMA trailer parks housing individuals affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, demonstrates how university faculty, staff and students interacted with displaced populations to address their educational needs. 

This free event is sponsored by the Graduate Education Research Association (GERA) and the Southern Miss Education Law Association (SMELA). For more information, contact Joslyn Zale at or Eric Platt at