BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, Women & the Climate Crisis: Why Representation Matters
Join GROW Externships in a moderated panel exploring BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+ and women’s perspectives on the climate crisis and how intersectional ways of thinking and doing can inform and enhance our collective response to the climate crisis. We are honored to have the following panelists joining us from 6:30-7:30pm.
- Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer (She/Her) (joining virtually from Kapolei, O’ahu) is the fifth daughter of Emma Aluli and Harry Meyer who grew up on the sands of Mokapu and Kailua beach on the island of O’ahu. The Aluli ohana is a large and diverse group of scholar-activists dedicated to Hawaiian education, justice, land reclamation, law, health, cultural revitalization, arts education, prison reform, food sovereignty, transformational economics, and music. Manu works in the field of indigenous epistemology and its role in world-wide awakening. Professor Aluli-Meyer obtained her doctorate in Philosophy of Education from Harvard (Ed.D. 1998). She is a world-wide keynote speaker, writer, and international evaluator of Indigenous PhDs. Her book: Ho’oulu: Our Time of Becoming, is in its third printing. Her background is in wilderness education, coaching, and experiential learning and she has been an Instructor for Outward Bound, a coach for Special Olympics, and a cheer-leader for the Hawaiian Charter School movement. Dr. Aluli Meyer has been an Associate Professor of Education at University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and spent five years in New Zealand as the lead designer/teacher for He Waka Hiringa, an innovative Masters in Applied Indigenous Knowledge degree at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, the largest Māori university with 30,000+ students. Dr. Aluli-Meyer is currently the Konohiki for Kūlana o Kapolei (A Hawaiian Place of Learning at University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu). She co-founded and co-leads the community cultural agroforestry movement emerging on Oʻahu to affirm the importance of niu and coconut groves – Niu Now!
- Dr. Mary Pearl (She/Her) (joining virtually from California) is the former dean of Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York, the school for the 2,200 top students among 270,000+ CUNY degree candidates. A scientist, environmentalist, and educator, Mary was previously the founding dean of Stony Brook University Southampton. She was also CEO of The Garrison Institute, a research and retreat center. As president of the Ecohealth Alliance, Mary helped build careers of local scientists and educators in 20 high-biodiversity countries around the world. She was a founding faculty member for the Design for Social Innovation program at the School for Visual Arts, and recently served as co-manager of a USAID-funded program based at Indonesia’s National Agricultural University (IBP) to transform science, engineering, and technology education in Indonesia’s high schools. Mary sits on the boards of Brazil’s Institute for Ecological Research and the Center for Large Landscape Conservation. She is the convener of the International Biodiversity Network. Newsweek magazine described Mary as a leading biologist who has “spearheaded the development of ‘conservation medicine’ – a scientific exploration of the links between the health of humans, wildlife and ecosystems.” She is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- Qiana Mickie (She/Her) is a New York City based food systems leader and equity consultant. For over 11 years, she has worked on fostering racial, economic, and environmental equity within regional food/farm systems. She is also active in local and international policy on issues such as food sovereignty, land tenure, and health. Qiana is the former Executive Director of Just Food. Qiana is the Founding Principal of QJM Multiprise. Qiana serves on the International Council of Urgenci, Coordination Committee of the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) for the United Nations, as well as the boards of the Farmers Market Coalition and Urgenci. Qiana has a B.S. in Marketing from Hampton University and received her Food Hub Management Certification from the University of Vermont. She speaks on issues of racial equity, food justice, and solidarity economy locally and internationally. Qiana wrote the U.S chapter, “Solidarity, Not Charity: Emergent Strategies from the Front Lines on Fostering a Food-Based Solidarity Economy in the United States” in the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation publication, “Crash Barriers for Post COVID-19 Food & Agricultural Systems”.
- Elizabeth Demaray (She/Her) focuses on the interface between the built and the natural environment and the idea of “trans-species giving,” which asserts that the commonalities between life forms are such that we may actually be able to give other organisms a “hand up,” notwithstanding our own cultural or species-specific assumptions about the natural world. She is an associate professor of fine arts and head of the sculpture concentration at Rutgers University, Camden. Her body of work has received the National Studio Award from the New York Museum of Modern Art/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture as well as been featured at the 2014 Association of Environmental Science Studies symposium, Welcome to the Anthropocene. Her work extends as a group advisor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and an advisor at The Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Rutgers University, in the Department of Computer Science, which is dedicated to supporting artistic practice in the fields of computer vision and machine learning.
- Max Lerner (He/Him) has nearly 20 years of experience coordinating the implementation of green infrastructure, sustainability pilots, and resilient development strategies as part of a broader platform for empowering workforce development. In a professional capacity, he directs both the environmental initiatives of the Emerging Technologies team of NYC Parks as well as the operations of GROW Externships. In these roles, Max has implemented countless environment initiatives covering a broad range of environmental goals locally, nationally and internationally. Max is able to achieve this bold scope of work through ongoing radical collaboration with a massive spectrum of professionals covering all corners of the consistently expanding field of global ecological and technological best practices. Through a strong conviction that the decisions impacting the planet should be made by a genuine representation of the planet’s diversity, he strives to ensure that developing professionals have both the opportunity and resources necessary to become part of the solutions for a brighter tomorrow. In his personal life, Max is a bisexual retro game enthusiast who believes in the therapeutic and connective powers of tabletop fantasy games (check out his other nonprofit project, PLAN Gaming!).
AN I.R.L. EVENING EXPERIENCE
In addition to the free panel on Zoom, donors local to NYC may instead attend the panel in-person and reserve a seat for an intimate four-course community meal alongside our esteemed panelists, featuring a menu that explores New York regional native ingredients and modern day supply chains of the New York City area. Hosted in Hell’s Kitchen at the Prime Produce Guild for Good’s 7,000 sqft multi-use community guildhall. Pricing for this option is sliding scale as listed below (first come first serve; space is very limited):
- $150+ per person: For donors with an annual income up to $250k. This donation could cover 1 extern’s field gear to ensure they have the essential tools, equipment, and camping gear.
- $300+ per person: For donors with an annual income from $250k to $500k. This donation could cover a whole month of 1 extern’s field lunches which gives them the opportunity to try a wide range of new foods while adventuring.
- $600+ per person: For donors with an annual income over $500k. This donation could cover 1 extern’s program stipend to rightfully compensate their time and recognize their successful completion of our field training program.
All donations will support GROW Externships, a 501(c)3 nonprofit initiative that creates life-changing paid externships for disadvantaged and underrepresented (BIPOC, woman-identifying, and LGBTQIA2S+) students and developing professionals, vitalizing their careers in sustainability, environmental science, and related fields. We host externs around the world, where we guide them in supporting local partner organizations and serving their communities while learning first-hand from practitioners making a difference in the field.