I. Poll of SRA Membership: Identifying a Cross-Cutting Justice, Equity and Risk Focused Project Theme for SRA Specialty Groups
The SRA Justice, Equity and Risk Specialty Group (JERSG) would like to identify a cross-cutting project theme for a risk challenge that can be approached by various angles by SRA specialty groups. Thus, a poll is being conducted to obtain feedback from SRA SG Chairs and general members to:
JERSG would like to invite your feedback within the poll available via the JERSG webpage https://www.sra.org/risk-analysis-specialty-groups/justice-equity-and-risk/. The poll results will be reviewed during SRA Annual Meeting in the JERSG Roundtable Session (W60), which is currently scheduled for Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST (please check final program to confirm). Results also will be posted on the JERSG webpage. This effort is intended to culminate in a special edition of the Risk Analysis Journal. Thank you in advance for taking the time (5-10 minutes) to answer this short poll!
II. Join JERSG & Attend Membership Meetings (On the Last Monday of the Month 12:00-12:30PM EST)
The Justice, Equity and Risk Specialty Group (JERSG) of SRA general membership meetings are held the last Monday of each month from 12:00 to 12:30 pm EST. To access meetings, please select JERSG as one of your specialty groups by going to:
2. Click ‘LOGIN’ in upper right corner
3. Enter your username and password
4. Click ‘Login’ button
5. Select ‘COMMETIES & GROUP’
6. Scroll down under ‘Committees Available for Membership Header’ and pay the $15 fee (waivers may be available based on need; contact the JERSG chair for more information).
If you need help with membership and logon, please contact Jennifer Rosenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
III. JERSG Sponsored and Cosponsored SRA Annual Meeting Symposia and Events
1. Sunday, December 5, 2021 from 8:00am – 5:00 pm EST
Workshop #6: JERSG/EASG Environmental Justice and Equity, Human Health Risk Assessment, and Modeling: A practical workshop for the risk assessment, risk modeling and regulatory communities.
Risk assessors, risk modelers, regulatory analysts, students, SRA specialty group members, and anyone interested in learning about risk assessment and regulatory analysis as it applies to justice and equity, is invited to participate in the workshop “Environmental Justice and Equity, Human Health Risk Assessment, and Modeling: A Practical Workshop for the Risk Assessor, Risk Modeling and Regulatory Communities.”
This co-sponsored workshop is a collaboration between the SRA Justice, Equity and Risk Specialty Group (JERSG), the SRA Exposure Assessment Group (EASG) and the CalEPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and is designed to provide relevant, practical tools, methods, and discussions to better equip attendees to implement Environmental Justice (EJ) and Justice and Equity (JE) analysis within their risk assessment, modeling, and regulatory analysis workflows.
This workshop will present a series of five learning modules, each covering one aspect of justice and equity in the field of human health risk assessment:
The workshop is intended to overview selected topics pertinent to the nexus of justice and equity, modeling, human health risk assessment, and regulatory analysis. Relevant conversations arising from this workshop can be further explored and discussed at the JERSG sponsored “SRA Equity, Justice and Risk Roundtable Discussion” during the 2021 SRA Annual Meeting.
2. Monday, December 6, 2021 from 10:15 – 11:45 am EST
M11 – Roundtable: Distributional Equities
The focus of this roundtable is on social science topics related to distributional equities and risk, emphasizing climate, environment, food, and health. Invited panelists will highlight Intersectional Environmentalism, an inclusive term advocating justice, equity, and protection of all peoples and the planet, in all their social, cultural, ecological and economic interconnections.
Environmental and food policies may impose tremendous power and privilege bias without meaningful engagement of vulnerable, marginalized communities or consideration of their worldviews. Paying attention to the practice of Intersectional Environmentalism can minimize or reverse the negative effects of policies and programs addressing climate change, industrialized agriculture and food insecurities, environmental degradation and deforestation, and sustainability that disproportionately affect indigenous peoples and people of color around the globe.
Panelists will discuss broadening the scope and practice of risk analysis, and expanding benefit-cost frameworks to include more discussion of equity and justice. In addition, panelists will discuss data and research gaps, and what additional resources are needed to address these issues going forward.
As one of the inaugural sessions of the newly forming Justice, Equity, and Risk Specialty Group in the Society of Risk Analysis, this session will help connect the risk analysis community with research on Intersectional Environmentalism.
Panelists, Affiliations, and Potential Topics
3. Monday, December 6, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm EST
Justice, Equity and Risk Posters
4. Tuesday, December 7, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:50 am EST
T21 – Symposium: Neighborhood Level Inequity in Exposure to Risks and Access to Resources
Neighborhood level inequity in exposure to risks and access to resources
This session will focus on neighborhood level inequity in exposure to risks and access to resources. Session topics will include the development of spatially distributed inequity through political and discriminatory mechanisms, consequences and expressions of these inequities, case studies, and efforts to move toward a more just distribution of risks and resources. As one of the inaugural sessions of the Justice, Equity, and Risk Specialty Group in the Society of Risk Analysis, this session will help connect the risk analysis community with topics of environmental justice, environmental racism, and the inequities of risk distribution.
5. Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 9:00 -10:00 am EST
Justice, Equity and Risk Specialty Group (JERSG) Business Meeting
6. Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST
W60 – Roundtable: How to identify, coordinate and incorporate justice and equity into our risk-related research and work
This panel, sponsored by the Justice, Equity and Risk Specialty Group, will be held Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST. This roundtable convenes diverse experts including select SRA specialty group chairs to explore how justice and equity can be incorporated into risk research. Panelists will discuss:
7. Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am EST
TH83 – Justice, Equity, Risk and Vulnerability Part I
8. Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST
TH93 – Justice, Equity, Risk and Vulnerability Part II
IV. 2021 Student & Young Professional Merit Award Winner
The Justice, Equity and Risk Specialty Group (JERSG) leadership and members are proud to announce Mathilde de Goër de Herve as the 2021 SRA Student Merit Award winner for her abstract regarding justice and flood management research. She will be presenting this research Fair strategies to tackle unfair risks? Justice considerations in flood risk management on Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am EST during session TH83 – Justice, Equity, Risk and Vulnerability Part I.
The award will be presented to Mathilde during the JERSG business meeting on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 9:00 -10:00 am EST.
JUSTICE, EQUITY AND RISK SPECIALTY GROUP BY-LAWS
The Justice, Equity and Risk Specialty Group (JERSG) of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) provides a forum for SRA members interested in
II. Members of the JERSG
Members shall consist of all people with an interest in justice and equity matters pertaining to risk who indicate a desire to be members by submitting their names to the JERSG Chair, and who pay the annual dues to the Society for Risk Analysis. It is the option of the JERSG Executive Committee to request dues for membership to the JERSG. Payment of annual dues to the specialty group is required only for officers and voting members. A waiver of dues can be requested to the JERSG Executive Committee based on financial need. Documentation to support a claim of financial need is not necessary to grant such a request.
III. Meetings of Members
Annual meetings of the JERSG will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis. Announcements of the annual meetings will be included in the printed program of the Society.
IV. Government of the JERSG
Chair: Chair an Annual JERSG Meeting at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, work with SRA officials to organize JERSG meetings or panels, take other actions requested by the JERSG’s Officers or that are in the interest of the JERSG, and consult the SRA Specialty Group Guidance. Coordinate and encourage development of symposia for the annual meeting and solicit and track ideas for presentations at open teleconferences or other activities of the group. The Chair assists with new Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer transitions.
Vice-Chair: Coordinates and administers the yearly student award program. This should include publicizing the award program, collecting submissions, forming and chairing a committee to select the winners, informing the winners, and distributing the awards. The Vice-Chair may stand in for the president at a meeting should the president be unavailable. After completing a one-year term, the Vice-Chair will become Chair for a one-year term.
Secretary/Treasurer: Maintain a record of actions of the JERSG meeting and coordinate as appropriate with the SRA Secretariat to arrange JERSG meetings. Maintain JERSG financial records and communicate relevant information to the JERSG membership.
Young Professional (Graduate Student/Postdoctoral/Early Career) Representative: Solicit nominations for the yearly student award program. Serve as a conduit for input to the Executive Committee on issues of interest to young professionals, graduate students, and postdoctoral research associates in risk analysis. To be eligible, this individual must, at the time of nomination, be either (a) enrolled in a post-baccalaureate Master’s or Doctoral degree program relevant to risk analysis (in the case of a Graduate Student) or (b) employed in a non-tenure track, temporary position (such as a postdoctoral research associate) within 3 years of receiving his/her PhD. This person may be nominated for a second term if they are still eligible.
JERSG Executive Committee: Fill vacancies in any office including its own membership until the next election; nominate candidates for officer positions and solicit nominations from the membership; propose amendments to these bylaws or receive petitions for changes in the bylaws; make decisions and recommendations for any other business of the JERSG; encourage and promote the advancement of issues related to environmental justice; establish liaisons where appropriate with other societies and groups engaged in similar or related activities; and interpret these bylaws. Liaisons with other societies or groups will be members of the JERSG Executive Committee or appointees of the Executive Committee. Executive Committee member will consult the SRA Specialty Group Guidance regarding any changes in bylaws or operating procedures.
CI. Notice of Elections and Nominations:
On or around October 1, JERSG officers shall communicate to the membership that nominations are being accepted for officers to be voted on at the December Annual Meeting. JERSG Officers may choose to inform JERSG members of the nominations through the RISK Newsletter or other means. Elections are held for Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and Young Professional (Graduate Student/Post-Doctoral/Early Career) Representative. The position Chair is automatically filled by the Vice-Chair at the end of the Chair’s term. Nominations are accepted up to and including the time of the JERSG meeting at the SRA Annual Meeting.
CII. Election Process:
Election of officers at the JERSG Meeting shall be by confidential ballot, with the elected officers taking office at the conclusion of the SRA Annual Meeting. Officers shall be elected by a plurality vote. In the case of a tie, the winner will be chosen by drawing lots.
Chair: 1 year.
Vice Chair: 1 year, after which she or he succeeds to Chair
Secretary/Treasurer: 1 year.
Young Professional (Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Representative/Early Career) Representative: 1 year.
V. Amendments to the Bylaws
Amendments to these bylaws may be proposed at any time by the Executive Committee or by petition containing signatures of 25% of paid JERSG members (including any who have received waivers of membership dues), or by majority vote of the participants at the annual JERSG Business Meeting. Amendments to these bylaws may be enacted by either (1) a majority vote of responding JERSG members via email or standard mail or (2) a majority vote of JERSG members attending the annual JERSG business meeting. The intent of these rules is to allow changes to bylaws to occur at the annual business meeting, immediately following a proposal to change the bylaws at the same meeting, as well as at times other than the annual meeting, where necessary. Although the rules allow for the proposal and enactment of changes at the annual meeting, the Executive Committee is encouraged to provide at least 30 days of notice to the membership of its intent to enact changes to the bylaws at the annual meeting.
VI. Implementation of Bylaws
These bylaws will initially take effect when approved by the SRA Council. Subsequent amendments will take effect as described in Section V.