The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) announced the recipients of their 3rd Annual Lt. General Julius Becton Jr. scholarship. The recipients are Tamara Doss, Qwantaria Russell, and Lillian Evasew.

“This year marks the first year that all scholarship recipients are women and includes our first J.D. scholarship recipient, highlighting the exciting growth of the program,” says Chauncia Willis, Chief Executive Officer of I-DIEM. “These recipients reflect the direction we hope to see the field of Emergency Management move towards, and we hope this scholarship is a stepping-stone in their commitment to continuing to serve marginalized communities from the impacts of disasters through research, advocacy, and policy change.”

Tamara Doss is a Ph.D. student at Jacksonville State University who plans to improve disaster outcomes through research by helping others understand how emergency managers perceive and define social vulnerability. Qwantaria Russell is a Juris Doctor student studying Law at the Southern University Law Center, where she aims to improve disaster outcomes for underserved and marginalized populations through legal advocacy, community outreach, pro bono services, and policy advocacy. Lillian Evasew is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in emergency management and planning at Immaculata University, where she plans to help create a space for underrepresented populations by giving them an active role in the emergency management process.

“Congratulations to Tamara, Qwantaria, and Lillia on receiving this scholarship. This achievement is a reflection of your hard work, dedication, and talent,” said Daniel A. Craig, Chief Executive Officer of Tidal Basin. “I wish you all the best as you embark on this exciting new chapter in your career.”

The Lt. General Julius Becton Jr. Scholarship, named after the first minority to serve as Director of FEMA, was created by I-DIEM in partnership with Tidal Basin – a leading comprehensive emergency and disaster management consulting firm – to increase the representation of women and minorities within the emergency management and homeland security profession.

“Tidal Basin’s investment in the I-DIEM Lt. Gen. Julius Becton Scholarship Program demonstrates our commitment to ensuring a new generation of leaders reflects the diversity of our country to better help communities be stronger than before,” said Daniel Craig.

Each year, Tidal Basin’s CEO, Daniel Craig, sends out a call to action to his peers and fellow industry colleagues to participate in this scholarship program. For more information on the Julius Becton Jr. Scholarship, visit Julius Becton Scholarship – I-DIEM.

Watch this year’s call to action here. Please consider donating to this much-needed program to further diversify the emergency management industry.