Aissa L. Dearing-Benton
Aissa is a third-year student of history and environmental science at Howard University (HU) from Durham, North Carolina. In Durham, she co-founded the Durham Youth Climate Justice Initiative, 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, the youngest-ever (at 18), to serve as a Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board member. At Howard, she serves as the public relations coordinator for the HU Climate Change Club, a teaching assistant for the Environmental Studies Department, and as a fellow of the Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship in Public Affairs.