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In Partnership with


Racial Equity, Social Justice & Climate Change Gentrification

November 17 & 18 at 6pm

2021 has been a challenging year. While racial inequities and the need for social justice appear to be borderless, climate change and its effect in our society has awakened us as a society to the importance of understanding geography. Cities are grappling with an increased number of hurricanes, widespread flooding, building collapses and forest fires. Disadvantaged residents are forced out of their neighborhoods. Their cities’ resilient plans are often inequitable and climate change gentrification exposes these deep-rooted inequalities. In the midst of a pandemic and racial injustices, the world is more digitally interconnected than ever. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enables us to have a better understanding of climate change and its socio-economic effects on global sustainability and vulnerable populations who are coping with systemic racism.

Join us on November 17th and 18th as speakers from across the country share how GIS tools are being used to analyze climate change and racial and socioeconomic disparities when it comes to climate gentrification.

A geographic information system (GIS) is a framework for gathering, managing and analyzing data. Rooted in the science of geography, GIS integrates many types of data. It analyzes spatial location and organizes layers of information into visualization using maps and 3D scenes. With this unique capability, GIS reveals deeper insights into data, such as patterns, relationships, and situations – helping users make smarter decisions.
For more info, please visit ESRI.


​November 17, 2021

  • Welcome Remarks and Introduction of the Speakers 

  • What is GIS?

  • President Fritz

  • Keynote: Mario Alejandro Arzia - Disposable City Miami's Future on the Shores of Climate Catastrophe

  • Q&A

  • Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg - Combatting Climate Gentrification Using GIS: The Power of Local People, Places and Spaces

  • Q&A

​November 18, 2021

  • Welcome Back and Introduction of the Speakers 

  • Jiin Wen - Moderator

  • Juliana Maantay - “Green Gentrification” and its Impacts on Poor and Vulnerable Populations

  • Yanitza Piedra - Developing a Risk Index of Gentrification in the Bronx, NY

  • Rose Jimenez - Expulsive Greening in Brooklyn, New York, 2010-2020: Exploring the Spatial Relationship between City-Sponsored Green Infrastructure Installation and Typologies of Gentrification 

  • Q&A

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Mario Alejandro Ariza 
Investigative Reporter
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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& Guest Speakers


William J. Fritz


College of Staten Island

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Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg
Full Professor of GIS, Social and Environmental Sciences and Faculty President at University
of Massachusetts Global

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Juliana Maantay
Professor of Urban Environmental Geography at Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center

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Yanitza Piedra
Research Assistant
CUNY Institute of Health Equity
& Urban GISc Lab and
Adjunct Instructor of GIS at LaGuardia Community College

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Jiin Wen 
Director of the Multimedia & Geospatial Information Service Unit at the NYC Economic Development Corporation

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Rose Jimenez
Environmental Scientist
and Geographer
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

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