2022 National Health Equity Research Webcast

The 28th National Health Equity Research Webcast: “Environmental Justice: The Science, the People, the Politics”

28th National Health Equity Research Webcast Panelists

Ryan E. Emanuel, PhD

Ryan E. Emanuel is an associate professor of hydrology at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University where he studies plant-water interactions and watershed-scale ecohydrological processes through modeling and field-based studies. He also works to amplify Indigenous perspectives on water and the environment. Much of that work aims to identify and address barriers to tribal participation in environmental decision-making. Emanuel belongs to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and holds degrees from Duke University and the University of Virginia. After the webcast, you can join him for a “Continue the Conversation” event on Monday, Sept. 19 at 12-1 p.m.

Naeema Muhammad

Naeema Muhammad is a senior adviser at the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network. The Network promotes health and environmental equality for all people of North Carolina through community action for clean industry, safe work places, and fair access to all human and natural resources. Naeema has worked tirelessly to hold the hog industry accountable for the pollution it produces that disproportionately impacts the lives of African Americans living in rural North Carolina counties. After the webcast, you can join her for a “Continue the Conversation” event on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Kyle Whyte, PhD

Kyle Whyte is George Willis Pack Professor at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, teaching in the SEAS environmental justice specialization. He is Affiliate Professor of Native American Studies and Philosophy. His research addresses environmental justice, focusing on moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples, the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and science organizations, and problems of Indigenous justice in public and academic discussions of food sovereignty, environmental justice and the anthropocene. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. After the webcast, you can join him for a “Continue the Conversation” event on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 12-1 p.m.

This Year’s Moderator

Sherri White-Williamson, JD

As environmental justice policy director at the North Carolina Conservation Network, Sherri White-Williamson leads the organization’s efforts to connect impacted community-led campaigns and organizations with decision-makers. Prior to joining the N.C. Conservation Network, she worked at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Environmental Justice.


UNC Gillings hosts the webcast annually. Cosponsors for the 28th webcast are the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) and the UNC Center for Health Equity Research.


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