Beverly H. Wright, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sociology at Dillard University in New Orleans and Founding Director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ), one of the few community/university partnerships that address environmental and health inequities in the Lower Mississippi River Industrial Corridor, often referred to as Cancer Alley. Since Hurricane Katrina, much of the work at DSCEJ has focused on research, policy, community outreach, assistance and education for displaced African American residents of New Orleans.
Dr. Wright, herself a victim of Hurricane Katrina, is an advocate for the safe return of New Orleans residents, addressing issues of health and environmental restoration and monitoring fairness as these relate to standards of clean up.
This year Dr. Wright was honored with a Heinz Award for her environmental justice work, particularly within Cancer Alley. In 2003, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and in 2006 received the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Award.