List of Presenters
Executive Director, Relationships and Reciprocity Co-Director Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust
Stephanie is Kanien’kehá:ka, Wakeniáhten (Mohawk nation, Turtle clan), with ancestors rooted in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and Europe. She is a plant nerd, medicine tender, bridge builder, soil and seed steward, scholar, student, and Earth Worker dedicated to decolonizing and liberating minds, hearts, and land- one plant, person, ecosystem, and non-human being at a time. She loves to learn and share stories about medicines; builds soil and reintegrates mycelium at Sky World Apothecary and Farm; teach about the plant-human-non-human-ancestral connection through a decolonial lens at Seed, Soil, + Spirit School; and liberates land with and for Indigenous, Black, and people of color as the Relationships and Reciprocity Co-Director at the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust. Stephanie is also PhD Candidate in the Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Graduate Program focusing her work on Biocultural Restoryation at the SUNY ESF Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.
Manager of Public & Youth Engagement, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Associate Environmental Engineer Brown and Caldwell
Research Fellow Congressional Black Caucus
Dr. Regan F. Patterson is the Transportation Equity Research Fellow at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), where she conducts intersectional transportation policy analysis and research. Prior to joining the CBCF, Dr. Patterson was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. She earned her PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation research focused on the impact of transportation policies on air quality and environmental justice. Dr. Patterson holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UCLA and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Professor, Environmental Studies University of California at Santa Barbara
Dr. David Pellow is the Dehlsen and Department Chair of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He teaches courses on environmental and social justice, race/class/gender and environmental conflict, human-animal conflicts, sustainability, and social change movements that confront our socioenvironmental crises and social inequality. He has volunteered for and served on the Boards of Directors of several community-based, national, and international organizations that are dedicated to improving the living and working environments for people of color, immigrants, indigenous peoples, and working class communities. These organizations include the Global Action Research Center, the Center for Urban Transformation, the Santa Clara Center for Occupational Safety and Health, Global Response, Greenpeace USA, and International Rivers.
At the 2020 New Horizons Conference, Dr. Pellow gave a talk titled, “Green New Deals and Environmentally Just Futures”.
|Plenary 9: Environmental Justice - Trends in Research and AdvocacyThu 3/31 12:35pm EDT|
|Plenary 2: Environmental Justice -- Research, Policy, and Community MobilizationMon 4/19 1:05pm EDT|
Founding Co-Director Soul Fire Farm
Leah Penniman (li/she/ya/elle) is a Black Kreyol farmer/peyizan, mother, soil nerd, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2010 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim our ancestral connection to land. As Co-Director and Farm Manager, Leah is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs - including farmer training for Black & Brown people, a subsidized farm food distribution program for communities living under food apartheid, and domestic and international organizing toward equity in the food system. Leah has been farming since 1996, holds an MA in Science Education and a BA in Environmental Science and International Development from Clark University, and is a Manye (Queen Mother) in Vodun. Leah trained at Many Hands Organic Farm, Farm School MA, and internationally with farmers in Ghana, Haiti, and Mexico. She also served as a high school biology and environmental science teacher for 17 years. The work of Leah and Soul Fire Farm has been recognized by the Soros Racial Justice Fellowship, Fulbright Program, Pritzker Environmental Genius Award, Grist 50, and James Beard Leadership Award, among others. Her book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land is a love song for the land and her people.
Assistant Professor Williams College
Keston K. Perry (he/they) is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College USA. Dr Perry’s work examines the role of race in climate change, its policy implications and the financial system that underpins international climate policy that reproduces marginalization and dispossession specifically in the Caribbean and African diaspora. Dr. Perry’s work appreciates the ways in which global institutions and governing arrangements further expose Black and racialized communities in the Caribbean to acute dispossession, debt and death within the context of the climate crisis. This work makes the case for climate reparations to advance social justice and self-determination of Caribbean peoples. His work is published in Geoforum, Politics, International Journal of Development Issues, Development and Change, among others. As an economic affairs officer and consultant, he/ they recently contributed to the 2021 Trade and Development Report produced by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development which focused on adaptation and resilience challenge. He/they were previously a lecturer in economics at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK where he was commissioned to produce a report on climate reparations by the United Nations Association of the UK. He / they also previously was a postdoctoral scholar at the Climate Policy Lab, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Assistant Professor, San Jose State University, Department of Environmental Studies
Carolina Prado is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at San José State University. She has worked at the intersection of community based research, environmental justice, and border studies for the last ten years. As a first generation queer Chicana, she believes that her struggles for social and environmental justice should create an impact on both sides of the border. Her current work is analyzing the impacts of water pollution on health and mobility for residents in Tijuana, México in collaboration with the Colectivo Salud y Justicia Ambiental. She is also passionate about food justice and anti-domestic violence work.
Director of Strategic Initiatives, School of the Environment, Yale University
Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago, School of Communication