To Be Young, Gifted and Black: Open Your Heart To What I Mean

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To Be Young, Gifted and Black: Open Your Heart To What I Mean

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Date and Time

  • Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Please join us for our first Engineering Exchange for Social Justice (ExSJ) event of the year, Thursday, September 10th 1-2pm on Zoom. Dr. Shakira Hobbs from the University of Kentucky will present, followed by a discussion.


Dr. Shakira Hobbs’ scholarship explores system approaches to environmental sustainability and social justice applied to the food, energy, and water nexus. Recently, she expanded upon her research endeavors in Belize by exploring behavioral science concepts that assist in understanding the role Black women engineers play in community adoption of sustainable technology. Dr. Hobbs is the founder of BioGals, an international non-profit organization that empowers womxn of color around the world to bring their ideas to life, engineer dynamic solutions for sustainable development, and establish a legacy of changemakers who embody cultural diversity. In this talk, she will discuss her journey to academia and how it has influenced her teaching, service, and research.


Dr. Hobbs is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. She earned her B.S. degree from University of Maryland, College Park, M.S. from Arizona State University, Ph.D. from Clemson University in Civil Engineering (advised by Dr. Amy E. Landis), and was a postdoctoral scholar at University of Virginia. Dr. Hobbs is dedicated to disseminating engineering, sustainability concepts to the public, and creating diverse collaborations that investigate holistic management techniques to wicked problems.