Aissa Dearing Benton
Howard University

Aissa Dearing is a fourth-year student of History and Environmental Science at Howard University from Durham, NC. 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."As a 2022 Volt Energy Utility Environmental Justice Ambassador Fellow, Aissa will be a program coordinator with Sharing the Power Foundation.