Aissa Dearing-Benton

Volt Environmental Justice Fellow

As the Environmental Justice Fellow for Volt Energy Utility, Aissa supports program development and coordination for environmental justice initiatives. Aissa also provides guidance on community outreach and strategic communication in support of Volt’s environmental justice practice. The Howard University senior and Durham, NC native, was recently awarded a Marshall Scholarship to pursue her graduate degree in Environmental Change and Management at Oxford University in the UK. In Durham, she co-founded the Durham Youth Climate Justice Initiative (@drmyouthclimate), which seeks to set an intentional space for young people of color interested in climate advocacy work. She was recently appointed by Durham City Council as the youngest-ever (at 18) Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board Member. She has had experience working at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, for local election campaigns, and at various non-profits. She is interested in the intersections of health, racial equity, and environmental justice. At Howard, she serves as the president for the HU Climate Change Club, the Director of Sustainability for the Howard University Student Association, a Teaching Assistant for the Environmental Studies Department, and as a fellow of the Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship in Public Affairs. She was recently awarded a Marshall Scholarship to study MSc in Environmental Change and Management at Oxford University.

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