Tidal Basin Group to provide annual scholarship funding to the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management
Tidal Basin’s CEO Daniel Craig is challenging other CEOs within the disaster management consulting realm to match his donation of $5,000 for a student scholarship fund with the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management. To donate, visit www.I-DIEM.org.
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Tidal Basin, LLC, a leading emergency management and disaster recovery consulting firm, announced today funding for a new scholarship initiative with the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM). Tidal Basin’s Chief Executive Officer Daniel Craig made the announcement today during an episode on the firm’s new podcast Disaster Recovery Roundtable.
Daniel Craig will make a personal donation and Tidal Basin will provide an additional matching donation of five thousand dollars each, for a total of ten thousand dollars, to support students of color and women studying emergency management or homeland security programs. “We are committed to supporting I-DIEM’s mission of encouraging students of color and women to select emergency management as a career path,” said Daniel Craig, Tidal Basin’s Chief Executive Officer. “As a sign of our commitment, we will provide this donation annually to demonstrate Tidal Basin’s commitment in supporting increased diversity in the profession.” As part of today’s announcement, Craig also challenged other CEOs of leading emergency management and homeland security firms to match his and Tidal Basin’s donations. Craig also announced the student scholarship fund will be named after Lt. General Julius W. Becton, Jr. in recognition of his accomplishment as the first minority to serve as FEMA Director from 1985 to 1989. “We hope the Julius Becton, Jr./I-DIEM Scholarship Fund will provide resources to assist diverse students in emergency management achieving their career goals,” said Craig.
I-DIEM is a non-profit organization created to increase diverse representation within the field, as well as reduce the negative impacts of disaster on women, people of color, and other underserved, marginalized groups who are most susceptible to disasters. I-DIEM leads efforts to increase representation of women and people of color in the field of emergency management, including in positions of leadership, through research, awareness, civic engagement, training, and education. The organization is led by long-time emergency manager, Chauncia Willis, Co-Founder and CEO. Craig made the announced in a recent episode of a Tidal Basin podcast focused on diversity featuring Chauncia Willis, who spoke on the importance of supporting minority students in Emergency Management. “I-DIEM is committed to helping students of all backgrounds in achieving success within the field of emergency management, and this donation will energize our efforts to provide resources to support scholarships for women and students of color who might not otherwise have the opportunity to receive an education, “ said Willis.