While natural disasters are traumatic for all people involved, some populations are disproportionately impacted. Here are some resources explaining how social justice is intimately tied to natural disasters:
- Responses to natural disasters vary widely depending on available infrastructure, leading to significant differences in impact of areas hit by the same disaster (Ferris 2010)
- People living in poverty are most vulnerable, as they live in the least safe areas (Ferris 2010)
- Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP), or food stamps available during natural disasters, often come weeks after the disasters themselves (Baxter 2017)
- Already-struggling college students can be more likely to drop out after a natural disaster (Kamenetz 2017)
- Women are more likely to die in natural disasters than men as they tend to have fewer resources in both preparing for and recovering from natural disasters (Ferris 2010)
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In August 2016, Professor Laura Tubelle de González and Karina L. Parker co-authored
“Miramar College Food Insecurity Report.”
San Diego Miramar College hosts a small food pantry on campus geared toward emergency bagged meals for food insecure students. Although it is run by the EOPS program, it has met some challenges in the last few years that undermine its ability to support students successfully. In Spring 2016, Laura González’ Honors Cultural Anthropology students undertook a study with full participation of EOPS staff to assess the current state of the food pantry and make recommendations towards its future sustained viability.
Within the eight page report, they address food insecurity at Miramar College and make recommendations on how Miramar College can address this prevalent issue.
You can read the entire document here: Miramar College Food Insecurity Report