Intersectional Climate Action leaders Working Group

The Intersectional Climate Action Leaders Working Group is here to serve and support you.

Inviting all BIPOC-identified faculty, staff, community, and organizational partners affiliated with climate action and resilience planning at an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), MSI (Minority Serving Institutions), or Tribal College or who have an interest in championing the work and legacy of these institution types and the demographic bases they serve.

This group is intended to be a think tank to advance peer-to-peer relationships among institutional contacts, community partners, and stakeholders and a space to share best practices to help accelerate institutional resilience and climate action planning. Our collective work is critical in identifying and addressing unique institutional challenges and opportunities for HBCUs and MSIs, especially given this pivotal and historic moment for higher education.

We welcome a diversity of experience in this effort to prioritize defining the needs of HBCUs/HSIs/MSIs/ and Tribal Colleges and the communities they serve. 

It’s important now more than ever to feel represented and supported in the logistics of your sustainability efforts and the spiritual and emotional aspects of this work. Working group member feedback helps to create and shape Second Nature programming and ensure our programming is culturally inclusive and responsive.

Your institutional knowledge and unique understanding of your demographic base are appreciated and a valued contribution to this group. Your expertise is what makes this group diverse and powerful.

Interested in joining the group? Use this Google form, and Blythe, Climate Programs Manager: HBCU/MSI Engagement and BIPOC Affinity Programming, will follow up with you. This form will be crucial in helping shape the work and ensure that this process is seen through effectively and equitably. The Working Group will build on and grow historic work, including this past initiative and resource, to highlight the unique journeys of HBCUs and MSIs in sustainability.

Meeting Times:

This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month, from 3–4 PM EST. Our current meeting schedule is as follows for 2024 in EST. (Subject to change and holiday adjustments):

  • Mar 19, 2024, 03:00 PM
  • Apr 16, 2024, 03:00 PM
  • May 21, 2024, 03:00 PM
  • Jun 18, 2024, 03:00 PM
  • Jul 16, 2024, 03:00 PM
  • Aug 20, 2024, 03:00 PM
  • Sep 17, 2024, 03:00 PM
  • Oct 15, 2024, 03:00 PM
  • Nov 19, 2024, 03:00 PM
  • Dec 17, 2024, 03:00 PM

Thank you, Black Sustainability Inc.

We thank our Black Sustainability, Inc. partners for helping make this group possible. We encourage our Black-identified contacts to join the Black Sustainability Network, the largest global network of Black/African Sustainability organizations, professionals, and enthusiasts. The network serves as a critical convening space for members to create, share, and amplify culturally relevant and inclusive resources related to climate, sustainability, and environmental justice work. Please reach out to Blythe to connect.


Please email Blythe at [email protected] for more information. Feedback is also encouraged from those who cannot make regular meetings but would like to keep up with our work and efforts.

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Blythe Coleman-Mumford (she/her/hers)
Climate Programs Manager: HBCU/MSI Engagement and BIPOC Affinity Programming
617-722-0036 | [email protected]

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