Women's Voices on Hurricane Katrina

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This paper complies a summary of the results of fifteen interviews with women ranging in age from 20-to 70. The women are from New Orleans, Gulfport and Biloxi. They are African-American and Caucasian. The women were identified by alliances and agencies. The women were asked to participate in a qualitative ethnographic study to discuss their experiences as survivors of Hurricane Katrina. The major research question in the study was, 'Has Hurricane Katrina effected your life? If yes, describe how.' Since women are sometimes not asked about their experiences or not heard, this study will give women a chance to speak frankly in their own voices.


Keywords: Women, Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, Natural Disasters, Ethnographic Qualitative Study
Stream: Gender and Sexuality
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Ophera Davis

Visiting Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, Wellesley College
Boston, MA, USA

Ophera Davis, PhD is currently a visiting assistant professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. Dr Davis has taught at the college level for the last ten years (courses include Educational and Black Psychology, Career Development, Race Relations). Most recently, she has taught at UConn and WPI. Davis' research focus is on women and Hurricane Katrina, and Career Counseling in Multicultural populations. Davis has engaged in postdoctoral studies at Harvard's Teaching Institutes, and at MIT’s Research Institute. Dr. Davis has been an invited featured speaker at the University of Wisconsin - Madison Careers Conference, U-Conn and the International Career Development Conference where she addressed the audience on providing quality career counseling in multicultural populations. Dr. Davis has also spoken in China, Ghana, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Dr. Davis has published articles in several academic journals; her most recent publications appear in Race, Class and Gender and the Harvard Journal of African Studies and Public Policy.

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