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3rd Annual Global Ecofeminism Conference
Ecofeminist Perspectives on Environmental Policy
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Saturday, April 23rd
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​


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
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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 bookTo 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
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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. ​

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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 theNew 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.​
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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. ​

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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​
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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: www.AF3IRM.org 

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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.​


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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

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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.
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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.
 

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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

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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.

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

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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
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Below is information from last year's conference
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2nd Annual Global Ecofeminism Conference
Documenting Women's Leadership in the Transnational & Ecofeminist Movements
 
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
Santa Monica College
 HSS 165, 11:30am-1pm (reception to follow)
Questions? please email ecofeminismsmc@gmail.com
 
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 Our student documentary is now on Youtube! WATCH HERE!​

 
Thanks to the SMC Global Citizenship Initiative, the SMC Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, 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; “Peace and security: managing conflict and violence in a turbulent world”.
 
This year, 12 SMC students from a variety of majors were selected to participate in a Santa Monica College GlobalGirl Media Academy. GlobalGirl Media is an organization that empowers young women from under-served communities through media, leadership and journalistic training by supplying equipment, education, and support. In the SMC GlobalGirl Academy, the students aquired media literacy skills and technical filmmaking skills, which, in collaboration with high school students from other GlobalGirl Media chapters, they used to collect interviews and footage at the International Women’s Day rally in Downtown Los Angeles on March 8th.They used their footage to create a short documentary examining contemporary intersections between feminism, globalization, and sustainability. The film will be screened on May 3rd, and rally organizations featured in the film, GlobalGirl Media staff, and all students involved in the project will further investigate transnational and ecofeminist themes, and the importance of giving women opportunities to bypass media gatekeepers and become their own agents of change.
Please join us in the HSS quad directly after the event for a reception with tabling, refreshments, and ritual dance performance by Temachtia Quetzalcoatl  
 
Santa Monica College GlobalGirl Media Academy Members (Student Filmmakers)
Zury Chavez *Student Lead* - Media Studies, Women's Studies Farhanah Ali -Environmental Studies
Victoria Brener -Peace and Conflict Studies Anabelle Dowd - Sociology
Sabrina Eldridge -Communications, Women’s Studies Yiesel Felix - Business
Genesis Garcia - Communications Raven Huston - Political Science
Elizabeth Perez  - Psychology, Communications Lili Raygoza - Cultural Anthropology
Carina Reyes - Latin American Studies, Photography Adrianna Valentin - Psychology
 
 
Distinguished Speakers
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Francesca Guerrini GlobalGirl Media

Francesca Guerrini is a professional journalist, She covered major events in the US (political conventions, elections, business news, financial crisis and natural disasters) and interviewed writers, artists, actors and scholars. As an editor for a weekly magazine Oggi7, published in New York City, Francesca ran the day-to-day activities, assigning and editing contributions. Since 2013 Francesca is the Los Angeles and Eastern Coachella Valley Program Director for Global Girl Media.

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Jollene Levid

AF3IRM
Jollene Levid is the National Chairperson of AF3IRM, an anti-imperialist transnational feminist women's organization that combats trafficking, militarism, and fights for im/migrant women's rights. She hails from northeast LA, with roots in La Union and Bataan, Philippines and identifies as a transnational woman. Jollene has been a part of AF3IRM for 13 years, previously serving as the Secretary-General, National Organizing Director & co-founder of the Orange County chapter. She received her BA in Political Science/Asian American Studies at UC Irvine and received her Masters in Social Work from USC. Jollene is currently a lead union organizer for public school teachers in Los Angeles and a union contract negotiator. Jollene tries to live by AF3IRM's belief: A woman's place is at the head of the struggle for the liberation of all humanity! www.af3irm.org  

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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
 
Conference Organizers

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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.
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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 second year.
 

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Zury Chavez

Student Lead 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.
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Cassandra Ramirez
Zero Waste Coordinator
Cassandra is a fourth year college student who has spent her career at Santa Monica College working to engage the student population through Student Life, AS Student Government, and Sustainable Works. She loves to be the most knowledgeable and helpful person in the room which is why she is pursuing degrees in geography and hospitality management.
  
 Faculty Advisors

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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.

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Susan Hunt

Film
Susan Hunt has taught Film Studies classes at community colleges since 1990, and has been at SMC since 2000.  Her primary interest is gender and cinema, and she has co-authored various essays for academic journals and anthologies. She is also the co-author of Lady Chatterley’s Legacy in the Movies:  Sex, Brains, and Body Guys (Rutgers U. Press)Susan currently teaches Women in Film at SMC and is on a committee to promote the revival of a Women’s/Gender Center on the SMC campus.

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Amber L. Katherine, PhD

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

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Jane Paul

Urban Community and 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
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Below is information from last year's conference 
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Global Ecofeminism Conference: Women, Sustainability, and the Environment
Saturday, April 26th, 2014
Santa Monica College

Thanks to a grant from the SMC Global Citizenship Intiative,

we are proud to present an all-day conference which will inform students at 

SMC and neighboring colleges about the role environmental degradation, 

lack of access to natural resources, and toxic exposure plays in the lives of women around

the world, and how women in a variety of professions are working on solving these problems.

The conference is also informed overall by this year's SMC Global Citizenship Initiative theme,

“Peace and Security: managing conflict and violence in a turbulent world".

The conference will examine how climate change and other environmental issues relate
to conflict, violence, security, etc, and how women specifically will be affected.

 

 
 

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 
 

Conference Schedule

 

9:30AM - 10AM 10AM- 10:45AM 11AM - NOON NOON - 12:45
LUNCH
2:30 - 4:00PM
4:15-5:00PM
 
Morning 
Introductory
Keynote
HSS 263
 
Women in
Green Careers
HSS 263
 
The Green
   Screen
   HSS263
 
Women and
Food
HSS 263
Participants are
encouraged to
bring their own
lunch. There will
be food trucks
parked on campus!

Global Citizenship

Panel
HSS 263

Afternoon
KEYNOTE
HSS 165
Women and
Toxic Chemicals
HSS 156
Global Girl
Media Session
HSS156
Temachtia Quetzalcoatl 
blessing
and ritual dance
(1:55pm ­ 2:25pm)
 

 
Conference Planning Committee
Melanie Klein, Sociology + Women’s Studies, Santa Monica College
Kaya Foster, Sustainable Works
Zury Chavez, Santa Monica College student
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Anais Walsdorf, Santa Monica College student
Caroline Feller-Howard, Santa Monica College student
Chandler Le Francis, Santa Monica College student
Gillian Grebler, Earth Science, Santa Monica College
 Jane Paul, Urban Sustainability + Liberal Studies, Antioch University
Jazmin Martinez, Santa Monica College student
Nury Chavez, Santa Monica College student
 
Conference Ambassadors
Jazmin Martinez, Caroline Feller-Howard, Crystal Bonilla, Anais Waldorf,
Chandler Le Francis, Breanna Khorrami, Skye Gonzalez and Gabriella Brown
 
Vendors
(will be tabling on the Quad)
SMC Associated Students
FMF
AF3IRM
Bead for Life
 rHope
Rising International
Rosy's Mexican Boutique
Stoned By Heidi
 
 
 
 

Panelist Bios 

 
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Jill Stein
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Jollene Levid
Introductory Morning
Keynote
HSS 263, 9:30-10am
Afternoon Keynote
Presentation
HSS 165, 4:15-5pm

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Martha Arguello 

 
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Lori Baralt
 
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Susan James 
 
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Artista Marchioni
 
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Belinda Waymouth

 

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Roberta Brodsky
 
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Jane Paul
moderator
 
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Kabira Stokes
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Sheila Laffey, Ph.D.
 
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Anastasia Sonkin
 
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Mary Liz Thomson
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Alejandra Castillo
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Francesca Guerrini
 
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Gillian Grebler 
 
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Rebecca Ruvalcaba
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Mary Baldwin  
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Francesca De La Rosa
 
 
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Joann Lo

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Mary MacVean
 
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Sarah Spitz

Moderator 
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Bert Maria Cueva, Ph.D.
 
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Amber L. Katherine, PH.D.
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Nita Rubio
 
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Jollene Levid
Keynote
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