Day 1

8:00am-8:45am – Registration

8:45am-9:15am – Welcome

Dean J.K Gilless – College of Natural Resources. University of California, Berkeley

Oscar Dubon, Ph.D. – Vice-Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion. University of California, Berkeley

9:15am-9:30am – Opening Remarks

 Congresswoman Nanette Barragán, Representative of

 California’s 44th District

9:30am-10:15am – Keynote Speaker

 Devon Peña

10:20am – 11:20am

Panel 1: Environment, Education and Equity

  Catherine Sandoval – Santa Clara University

  Michael Mascharenas Ph.D. – University of California, Berkeley

  Khalid Kadir, Ph.D. – University of California, Berkeley

  Moderator: Federico Castillo


11:30am – 12:30 pm 

Panel 2: Our Water, Our Food, Our Future

  Devon Peña – University of Washington, Seattle

  Sally Moyce – Samuel Merritt University

  Esperanza Vielma – Save the Delta-Fresno

  Moderator: Stefano Bertozzi – University of California,       Berkeley


12:30pm – 1:15pm – Lunch



Panel 3: Policy and Activism

  Linda Escalante – NRDC California Legislative Manager

  Mario Sifuentez – University of California, Merced

  Marce  Gutiérrez-Graudiņš– AZUL

  Moderator: Lupe Gallegos-Diaz – University of California, Berkeley

2:20pm – 3:20pm

Panel 4: Climate Change and Energy

  Rachel Morello-Frosch – University of California, Berkeley

  Michael Wehner – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

  Jeanalee Obergfell – Office of Sustainability, City of Los Angeles

  Moderator: Adrianna Quintero – NRDC Director of Partner & Community Engagement


3:20-3:40pm:  BREAK

3:40pm-4:45 pm 

Panel 5: Our Cities, Our Future

  Irene Burga Márquez – EDF Manager, California Climate and Energy

  Guillermo Rodriguez – Trust for Public Land California State Director

  Rey Leon – Mayor of Huron, California 

  Moderator: Federico Castillo

4:50pm -5:00pm:  Closing Remarks

Federico Castillo


Keynote Speaker- Devon Peña

Since 1999, Dr. Peña has served in appointment as Full Professor of American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, Chicana/o Studies, and the Program on the Environment at the University of Washington in Seattle. He directed and assisted in the creation of the University’s Doctoral Program in Environmental Anthropology (1999-2005).

Peña is also the founder and President of the Acequia Institute, a private non-profit charitable foundation established in 2006 to support the environmental and food justice movements. The foundation provides small direct to producer grants with a focus on women-led food justice projects. It also funds tuition scholarships for youth from acequia farm communities, and research fellowships to graduate students and early career professors and research scholars. He was involved in the development of the 2009 Colorado Acequia Recognition Law that has opened opportunities to protect open space and agricultural and ecological values important to the acequia way of life. TAI has launched a campaign for the establishment of the first campus of Calmecac/Colegio del Maíz in Viejo San Acacio to serve the next generation of indigenous agroecologists and work with at-risk urban and rural youth through our acequia farm mentors network and programs in mindfulness training, “irrigation meditation,” and restorative yoga.

The Acequia Institute is located on lands within ancestral Caputa Ute territory on the Sangre de Cristo Mexican merced, land grant (1844), and in the village of Viejo San Acacio. The 181-acre acequia farm was part of the extension granted to the founder of the Plaza de San Luis de la Culebra, Don Dario Diego Gallegos. We irrigate from the oldest continuously operating community ditch in Colorado, the San Luis Peoples Ditch (1852). The farm is operated as an ‘almunyah,’ a private grassroots agricultural extension service and research station. Our work is focused on ecological restoration of damaged riparian ecosystems and the revival and extension of indigenous knowledge and practice in soil biodynamics, permaculture, heirloom crop breeding, and seed saving. The entire farm is under a conservation easement that is the first in Colorado history to tie water rights irrevocably to use on the farm land.

A prolific author of several books, two encyclopedias, and numerous journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Peña’s most recent book is Mexican-Origin Foods, Foodways, and Social Movements: Decolonial Perspectives. The 440+ page book was just published by the University of Arkansas Press (September 2017). He is currently working on a two-volume book under contract with the University of Arizona Press focused on a 30-year study of acequia farms in Colorado and New Mexico; forthcoming in 2019-20. 



Film & Media Coverage: Brown Environmentalist Media Co.

BE Media Collective is a collaborative, long form, and multimedia collective working to amplify the experiences, contributions and leadership of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the environment. Through partnership and collective, grassroot efforts, we aim to uproot and replace traditional environmentalism with narratives that empower POC and acknowledge us as leaders; amplify the content that already exists; and finallycreate what doesn’t.