3rd Annual Global Ecofeminism Conference

Ecofeminist Perspectives on Environmental Policy

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
Santa Monica College
HSS 165, 11:00am-1pm
(reception to follow from 1pm-2pm with catering, tabling and a ritual dance blessing from Danza Temachtia Quetzalcoatl)

Questions? Please email ecofeminismsmc@gmail.com

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Thanks to the SMC Global Citizenship Initiative and the SMC Associated Students, we are once again able to provide an exciting and meaningful program that uses an ecofeminist framework to explore the SMC Global Citizenship Theme; “Gender Equity: Is Equity Enough?”. Through a series of presentations we will examine what types of environmental policies create true gender equity. Our conference is part of a month of environmental policy-themed programming at Santa Monica College entitled "Calling All Earthlings: Re-imagine Environmental Justice".

Keynote Presentation

Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker is an award-winning author and lecturer based in Los Angeles. Her work focuses on intergenerational feminism(s), emerging masculinities, the role of bisexuality in LGBTQ communities, and the evolution of multiracial identity in contemporary global discourse. Walker is one of the main proponents of Third Wave feminism(s), and the co-founder of Third Wave Foundation, an activist philanthropic organization supporting the empowerment of women and transgender people aged 15-30. Upon publication of her first book To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism, Time Magazine named her one of the most influential leaders under forty in the United States. Walker's second book, Black White & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, was an international bestseller, and her memoir, Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence, sparked productive controversy about the role of motherhood in both academia and mainstream media. Her collection One Big Happy Family explores the explosion of non-traditional family configurations in the US, and includes perspectives on polyamory, transracial adoption, househusbandry, and single motherhood. Her latest book, Ade: A Love Story, is currently being adapted for film with Madonna attached to direct. Rebecca writes constantly, lectures widely, and teaches seminars on creative non-fiction and the art of memoir around the world.


Distinguished Speakers

Angela Bartolome (AF3IRM)

Angela Bartolome is a Philipines-born South Central Los Angeles-raised community organizer. She has been a member of AF3IRM since 2005, and is currently the National Finance Director and AF3IRM South Bay member. She is a USC graduate of the School of Social Work and is a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Angela provides intensive field-based mental health services throughout Los Angeles, as well as supervision and leadership for up and coming social workers and community organizers.

Jess X Chen

Jess X Chen is a filmmaker, multi-disciplinary artist/activist and nationally-touring poet. her work has been a part of Asian American International Film Festival, The Huffington Post, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The UN Human Rights Council, and at the Asian Cinevision Diversity Screening at the New York Times. Through art, organizing and education, she is working toward a future where migrant and indigenous youth of color see themselves in stories, whole and heroic, on the big screen & then grow up to make their own.

Tani Ikeda

Tani Ikeda is an award-winning director who creates narratives, documentaries, music videos, and commercial films. She was recently selected as one of Film Independent’s 33 Emerging Filmmakers and her work has been screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Tani was named one of the “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by the Utne Reader and has spoken on CNN, NBC, Univision, and at universities around the country about her social justice filmmaking. Tani holds a Bachelors Degree in Film Production from the University of Southern California and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Felicia Montes (Mujeres De Maiz)

Felicia Montes is a Xicana Indigenous artist, activist, community & event organizer, educator, FEmcee, designer, poet, and performer living and working in the Los Angeles area. Known throughout the Los Angeles area as an established Xicana cultural worker of a new generation, she is the cofounder and coordinator of Mujeres de Maiz, In Lak Ech, and Urban Xic and has worked on various transnational art and organizing efforts including work with the Zapatistas, Peace & Dignity Journeys and La Red Xicana Indigena. Felicia graduated with a B.A from UCLA in World Arts & Cultures with a minor in Chican@ Studies, a M.A in Chican@ Studies from Cal State Northridge, and a M.F.A from Otis College of Art & Design in Public Practice Art. Check her out at feliciamontes.com

Ivy Quicho (AF3IRM)

Ivy Quicho is the National Organizing Director of AF3IRM, a transnational feminist, anti-imperialist organization. She was born in Alberta, Canada and is a first generation Filipina-American. Ivy received her Master's in Social Work from the University of Southern California and has worked in the labor movement for over seven years, currently organizing alongside public sector nurses in LA County. She is a runner, a fashionista, and a knitting machine! Ivy has been a member of AF3IRM for over twelve years and continues to be active because she enjoys being part of a group of fierce, transformative, inspiring women working towards genuine women's liberation. For more info: AF3IRM.org.

Marta A Segura, M.P.H. (GOLD)

Marta Segura, M.P.H., is a dedicated civic leader and community health advocate who has committed her life and career to serving others, revitalizing communities, and building coalitions for improving quality of life, economic vitality, and creating opportunity across the board. She is the daughter of hard working, immigrant union card carrying parents. Her parents also had to be entrepreneurial to make ends meet and she learned the value of small business from them and family, who owned a local market in her neighborhood. Above all, she was taught the value of advocating for progressive values, building unity, and never taking success for granted. Marta has worked for Labor and Nonprofit most of her adult career, until she was hired by then Councilmember Garcetti as his District Director, then later appointed to the LA City Planning Commission when he was elected as Mayor. At present, she is a small business owner herself, and consults nonprofits and government, and a member of organizations such as NLBWA, LA Latino Chamber of Commerce, and mentors those who want to begin their own small businesses. As a mother, she believes in building a sustainable future for our children.

As a member of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, Marta voted for and supported innovative change such as transit-oriented communities, health policy, affordable-housing, and transportation legislation, infrastructure for sustainability, all of which in their sum create lasting jobs, economic revitalization and sustainable communities. She has also spearheaded Community Relations Curriculum for LAPD as part of the Captain’s Round Table for the Newton Division in an effort to bring criminal justice reform and safer streets to South LA. Marta is also a successful small business advocate and owner. Her consulting practice serves both non-profits, philanthropy and government agencies on public outreach campaigns, strategic planning, consensus building, governance, capacity building, and organizational development.

Marta is a proud resident of South LA and has lived there for 14 years. Ms. Segura earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her Master’s degree in Public Health from UCLA.

Charity Tooze

Charity Tooze has worked on humanitarian, development and women/girls issues for nearly 20 years. Her career began working with sexual abuse survivors domestically. She went on to produce an empowerment television program by and for young women. After documenting Iraqi refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, Charity took a position with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, as the Director of Communications and Global Special Projects in Washington, D.C. In this role, Charity functioned as the U.S. spokesperson and implemented impact programs in the U.S., South Sudan, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Her strategies are responsible for changing two U.S. government decisions impacting refugees and stateless persons. Following her time with the UN, Charity took a leadership position at Edelman in the Business + Purpose practice. While at Edelman, Charity lead the Southwest Airlines account implementing an upcycling program that involved keeping 80,000 leather seats out of U.S. landfills and employing Kenyan youth and women in making new products from the used leather. Charity advised UN Women in the development of the HeForShe solidarity framework and has guided several clients in developing strategies that engage men in championing women's leadership at the corporate level. Most recently, she joined the Students Stand #withMalala campaign team as the Director of Development & Implementation for Participant Media. Charity has led the roll-out of programs advocating for all girls' right to 12 years of safe, quality education using the film He Named Me Malala by Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim in seven countries and is responsible for raising $4M to underwrite the social impact campaign. One of the programs specifically targets women/girls living in non-electrified villages in Rajasthan, India. She has a dual Masters Degree in International Affairs and Journalism from New York University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies from Mills College and a counseling certificate.


Conference Organizers

Melanie Klein (Co-organizer)

Melanie Klein is a professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Santa Monica College. She has served as the faculty adviser of the Santa Monica College Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance since 2007, is the founder and lead coordinator of the LA chapter of Women, Action and the Media and is on the board Global Girl Media and the Brave Girls Alliance.

Kaya Foster (Co-organizer)

Kaya Foster is the Student Greening Program Director at Sustainable Works, an environmental education organization housed at Santa Monica College in the Center for Environmental and Urban Studies. Sustainable Works inspires individuals to adopt behaviors that contribute to healthy and equitable communities. Kaya received her B.A. in Women’s Studies from UCLA. She is thrilled to be have the opportunity to bring this event to the community for a third year.

Zury Chavez (Student Organizer)

Zury Chavez is a Los Angeles native who is currently attending Santa Monica College. She is majoring in Media Studies with a minor in Women's Studies and is also interested in community organizing. She has worked with the ERA Education Project, the Veteran Feminists of America, and the Feminist Majority Foundation. She was also a part of last year's planning committee for the Global EcoFeminism Conference at SMC.

Kymia Mahjouri​ (Student Organizer)


Faculty Advisors

Gillian Grebler (Anthropology)

Gillian Grebler is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist with special interests in food and food justice, cultural and linguistic endangerment, the human effects of climate change, and social justice issues related to language and law. She has presented and published academic papers about the language of false confessions and courtroom discourse. Grebler is acting president of SCAAN, the Southern California Applied Anthropology Network, which serves practising anthropologists throughout Southern California. She teaches anthropology at Santa Monica College, where she established the Food Justice Project.

Amber L. Katherine, PhD (Philosophy)

Amber L. Katherine, PhD is a professor of philosophy and environmental ethics at Santa Monica College.

Jane Paul (Urban Community & Environment)

Jane Paul is Teaching Faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles, in the Masters in Urban Sustainability program, as well as Teaching Faculty and Head of the undergraduate concentration Urban Community and Environment. Jane is an active participant in the curriculum and program development teams for both programs. She proudly chairs the university’s Sustainability Committee.​


Thank you to our funders:

Associated Students, SMC Global Citizenship