UCLA Newsroom highlights Dr. Henry Burton in an article detailing UCLA faculty who have received a University of California grant to allow undergraduates from historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) to conduct research with UC Scholars. The article notes, “Henry Burton, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, echoed the practical importance of diversity among academics. He researches how different communities recover from crises, what public policies enhance recovery and how socio-economic status impacts household decision-making during crises. Supported by the UC grant, HBCU students will work with Burton to examine buildings in Los Angeles, assess their structural vulnerabilities to earthquakes and understand post-disaster decision-making. “It is important to have people from various communities at the table,” Burton said. “A diverse group of thinkers approaching a problem will broaden the ideas being considered. A native of Trinidad and the first in his family to attend college, Burton wants to provide students with “a sense of what they are capable of and expose them to the fact that people who look like them can contribute to this field and have a meaningful impact on society.”
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