African-American and other minority representation in hazard and disaster mitigation is very important. Research has shown that racial and ethnic minorities often have increased difficulty evacuating prior to a crisis and are more likely to experience disproportionate physical and financial loss during disasters.
Founded in 2014 by Norma Doneghy Anderson, the William Averette Anderson Fund (BAF) has developed a mission dedicated to the work done by and the legacy of William (Bill) Averette Anderson who passed away in 2013.
In 2019, the BAF Flagship was established at the University of Delaware under the directorship of Monica Sanders. The Flagship now carries forward the mission and vision of the BAF: to expand the number of historically underrepresented professionals in the field of disaster and hazard research and practice so that the diversity of the hazard and disaster field be reflective of American society.
The BAF 501(c)(3) now begins a new chapter with the following charges: