4th Annual Global Ecofeminism Conference

ARTivism 

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Santa Monica College

Thanks to the SMC Global Citizenship Initiative, SMC Art History, and the SMC Associates, 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?”.​The theme of our conference this year is "ARTivism": Examining the unique power of aesthetics and visual culture to bridge barriers, provide new critical paradigms, and provoke open-ended conversation about the relationship between social inequity and environmental degradation.

View the full photo gallery.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Speaker Presentations
1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Reception
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.​ Breakout Sessions

Questions? Email ecofeminismSMC@gmail.com

2017 Speakers

(alphabetical order)

Padhia Avocado

Ms Avocado participates as part of the SMC Art Department's "Women's Empowerment" Lecture Series, sponsored by the SMC Associates. Many thanks.

Los Angeles-based writer and street artist Padhia Avocado will talk about the eco-feminist aspects of her art, which explores the often undiscovered and obscure elements of our interior human landscape, and has been described as "psychological commentary".

K Bradford

K. Bradford is an educator, interdisciplinary artist, community-builder and cultural leader who creates innovative, game-changing art events and happenings through poetics, sound, objects, spectacle and community dialogue. A writer and lo-fi integrated media performer, K.’s work has appeared on stages around the U.S. and in publications such as the LA Review of Books, Slag Glass City, Gulf Coast, Trop & Viralnet.net. K. teaches literature at Antioch University’s Bridge program and woodworking to kids on a school bus turned wood shop. With an MFA in Writing and in Art + Technology from CalArts, K. recently launched One Mile, an arts + social justice program that works with communities to poetically re-imagine the problems of our world. In the fall of 2016, One Mile launched its first major project on hunger and sustainability in partnership with the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College.

Gabriella Claro

Gabriella "Gabby" Claro is an 18-year-old artist from South Central Los Angeles and creates paintings and screenprints with a focus on spreading empowerment for womxn and positivity through her art. Gabriella is an alumnus of Self Help Graphics & Art's SOY Artista program and current member of the Barrio Mobile Art Studio Youth Team that facilitates art workshop for peers at various citywide actions pushing your additional resources for youth. Gabby is also a member of the art collective Ni Santas, a group focused on creating space for young women to learn about art and re-write herstory through art, with a responsibility to create socially conscious visual narratives.

Charlotte Cressey

MM_APR16__1438 (1).jpgCharlotte Lorraine Cressey is an animal liberation activist and educator, ecofeminist, lover of life, enthusiast for the many benefits of a vegan lifestyle, and the creator of Earth Energy Yoga®. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in Women's Studies through the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth's undergraduate program and is graduating this Spring from a master's program in Philosophy and Religion with specific focus on Women's Spirituality.

Charlotte believes in the revolutionary power of love. Her work exposes the insidious and pervasive manifestations of the 'might makes right mentality', disembodied logic, dismemberment of the spirit, and denial of empathy which cause us to forget our true nature as humane humans. Her research finds that care, relationship, and cooperation are spiritual resources within every person and the guiding principles in human evolution.

Through her presentations, self-development workshops, meditation, and yoga classes she assists people in unearthing the infinite wellspring of joy, love, and wisdom within. Charlotte holds that veganism, meditation, mindful movement, and feminism are integral steps toward the larger goal to create a peaceful, harmonious existence for humans, animals, and the Earth. Connect at CharlotteCressey.com.

Melissa Govea

Melissa Govea, a 22-year-old artist, apparel designer, and organizer from South Central Los Angeles who's work center around indigenous rights. She was a member of a 30-plus artist delegation to Standing Rock and working alongside the matriarch led Red Warrior Camp delivering crucial winterizing supplies as well as helping facilitate creative projects to incorporate into non-violent actions such as banners, posters, and puppets. Melissa is also a member of the art collective Ni Santas, a group focused on creating space for young women to learn about art and re-write herstory through art, with a responsibility to create socially conscious visual narratives. She is a co-curator for the upcoming Honor The Earth, The Art of Indigenous Resistance celebrating 31 years of the organizations work resisting developments that directly impact indigenous communities.

Jeannette Kiel

Jeannette Kiel is an ecofeminist activist, artist, and independent scholar. She is originally from San Diego, CA and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jeannette’s ecofeminist activist, creative, and academic work is inspired by the belief that all forms of injustice are interconnected to nature and that these must be addressed to create real change and transformation for peace and partnership to thrive in our world. Her work also addresses her identification as a Mestiza or mixed-race Filipino-Black woman and a mother to three sons, ages two, five and fifteen. Jeannette creates art that utilizes several media types including painting, photography, and mixed-media. She includes found objects from nature, and also creates art by reusing or “upcycling” what would have been considered trash. She believes that conscious creative work can be used to help open people’s minds as well as connect to new ideas and thoughts on a deeper level, and that this is the key to cultural, social, and spiritual revolution. Jeannette has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion with a focus in Women's Spirituality from the California Institute of Integral Studies located in San Francisco, CA. Jeannette’s dissertation presents the stories and examines the spiritual aspects of the work of spiritual ecofeminist activist artists. Jeannette also has a Master of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Alliant International University. If you would like more information about Jeannette’s ecofeminist creative and scholarly work, please go to Jeannette’s website at jeannettekiel.com.

Isabella La Rocca

Isabella La Rocca is an artist, educator, and activist working primarily with photography. Her work is part of a long tradition in art and photography: to bring to light and find beauty in the disregarded - hidden, unconscious, commonplace. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.F.A. in Photography from Indiana University. Awards for her work include the Ferguson Grant from the Friends of Photography in San Francisco, CA for excellence and commitment to the field of photography. Her photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States including a solo show at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, NY. She currently teaches Multimedia Art at Berkeley City College in Berkeley, California, and Photography at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.


Conference Organizers

Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein, M.A., is a writer, speaker, and professor of sociology and women’s studies. She is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery + Loving Your Body (Llewellyn, 2014) with Anna Guest-Jelley, a contributor in 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice (Horton & Harvey, 2012), is featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis (Shroff, 2014), a featured writer in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living (Llewellyn, 2016) and co-editor of the new anthology, Yoga, the Body and Embodied Social Change: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis with Dr. Beth Berila and Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016). She co-founded the Yoga and Body Image Coalition in 2014, is lead coordinator for the Los Angeles chapter of Women, Action and the Media and is on the board of Global Girl Media.

Kaya Foster

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. She is also a consultant for the SMC Environmental Affairs Committee, and an advisory baord member for the UCLA Extension Environmental Studies Program. 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 fourth year.

Walter Meyer

Walter is a full-time faculty member and has taught at SMC since 2002. His current interests combines identity politics and all things digital in relation to visual literacy and pedagogy through privileging discussing issues of race, class, gender & ethnicity in digital and hybrid environments to learn the required canon for his art history transfer students. Currently he is the co-chair of the Technology Planning Committee and he has sat on the Information Services Committee and the Distance Education Committee for the college and served as the faculty adviser for the “Surf Club”. Walter has been a member of the College Art Association since 1997 and is a member of the Professional Practices Committee for CAA. In 2015 he started his term as President of the Art Historians of Southern California and has been on its board since 2012 and a member since 1998. He is a former Arts Commissioner and the former chair of the Public Art Committee for the city of Santa Monica and former board member for the Craft and Folk Art Museum of Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Arts Foundation.

Eugene Hsu


Thank you to our sponsors:

Global Citizenship Trader Joe's SMC Foundation

Below is information from previous year's conference


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

View the full photo gallery.

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


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

Our student documentary is now on Youtube!

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

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.

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! af3irm.org.

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

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 second year.

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.

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

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.

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.

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


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 aroundthe 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.

Conference Schedule

9:30 - 10 a.m.

Morning Introductory Keynote
HSS 263

10 - 10:45 a.m.

Women in Green Careers
HSS 263

Women and Toxic Chemicals
HSS 156

11 a.m. - Noon

The Green Screen
HSS 263

Global Girl Media Session
HSS 156

Noon - 12:45 p.m.

Women and Food
HSS 263

Lunch

Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch. There will be food trucks parked on campus!

Temachtia Quetzalcoatl blessing and ritual dance (1:55 p.m. ­ 2:25 p.m.)

2:30 - 4 p.m.

Global Citizenship Panel
HSS 263

4:15 - 5 p.m.

Afternoon keynote
HSS 165

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

Jill Stein

Introductory Morning
Keynote
HSS 263, 9:30 - 10 a.m.

Jollene Levid

Afternoon Keynote
Presentation
HSS 165, 4:15 - 5 p.m.


Option 1: Women and Toxic Chemicals

10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., HSS 156

This panel will discuss the health factors (especially reproductive health) associated with exposure to toxins in cosmetics and home cleaning products, and well as alternatives that are less harmful to the environment and human health

Martha Arguello

For the past 32 years Martha has served in the non-profit sector as an advocate, community organizer, and coalition builder. She joined PSR-LA in 1998 to launch the environmental health programs, and became Executive Director in November 2007. She is committed to making the credible voice of physicians a powerful instrument for transforming California and our planet into a more peaceful and healthy place.

Lori Baralt

Lori Baralt, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Her research and teaching focuses on the intersection of reproductive and environmental health, primarily with regard to environmental links to breast cancer. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Breast Cancer Action, a national non-profit breast cancer organization that focuses on preventing involuntary exposures to chemicals linked to breast cancer.

Susan James

Licensed cosmetology instructor since 1971; currently work as Director of Education in the private sector since 1971; joined SMC cosmetology staff in 2006 teaching Electricity, Chemistry, sanitation, disinfection, and hazardous chemical formulations to include analysis, exposure limits, points of entry to protect students and clients from over exposure of infection meeting all California State Board guidelines.

Artista Marchioni

For over 35 years, Medicine Woman Artista Marchioni, Registered Nurse and Holistic Practitioner, has helped thousands of individuals improve their lifestyle through good health. She has worked as a Holistic Health Consultant and Educator in a wide array of mediums. Her teaching has expanded from storefront to radio in New York, California, and Florida. She is a frequent speaker for a wide variety of groups.

Belinda Waymouth

Belinda Waymouth is a Green writer for the Huffington Post and UN web magazine OurWorld 2.0. She is a former SMC student, about to graduate from the Geography/Environmental Studies program at UCLA. Born in New Zealand, she now lives in Santa Monica, CA. She has a background in print/radio journalism, and the entertainment industry. As a mother, Belinda is committed to a sustainable future, and believes in defending the environmental underdog - whether flora or fauna.


Option 2: Women in Green Careers

10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., HSS 263

This panel will discuss how women in diverse careers are working on issues related to sustainability, community development, and social justice.

Roberta Brodsky

Roberta Brodsky Connors is the Vice President of Administration for Nartifer Solar USA in Los Angeles, CA, having previously held a position as finance Manager. She is also a solar installation volunteer for GRID Alternatives. Prior to joining Martifer, Roberta completed the coursework for photovoltiaics at Santa Monica College, as well as a year-long intership at Global Green USA, a Los Angeles-based environmental non-profit, where she researched energy efficiency and renewable energy issues. She also previously directed an e-waste recycling program for an inkjet remanufacturer based in the Sant Fernando Valley. In her former career, Roberta was a freelance reality television producer. She earned her Master's degree in Pacific International Affairs from USCSD, focusing on Environmental Policy, and a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and Russian Studies from UCLA. She is NABCEP certified in photovoltaics and a LEED Green Associate. Roberta currently lives in Temecula, CA with her husband, teenage stepdaughter and newborn baby.

Arlene Hopkins

Alrene Hopkins is an educator and artchitect working to enhance urban resilience by developing community-based climate change mitigation and adaptation programs and projects. Integrating across multiple-disciplines, she is translating science into pragatic strategies that can adopted and adaptively managed by neighborhoods and independent householdes, and well as by local public institutions such as schools, libraries, fire stations, parks, and city halls. She is a research-based practitioner, program and project manager working to advance wise ways and new traditions in community. She is a member of the Resilience Task Force of the IUCN, the Sustainable Cities Research Coordination Network and the Environmental Program Group of the American Evaluation Association.

Jane Paul

Jane Paul is Teaching FAculty at Antioch University Los Angeles, in the Masters in Urban Sustainability program, teaching Fieldwork Planning and Fieldwork Seminars, and well as participating in the curriculum and program development team. Jane is also Teaching Faculty and Head of the undergraduate concentration Urban Community and Environment, creating curriculum and program design. In addition to work at Antioch University, Jane has been an environmental policy consultant, focused on the green economy and sustainability. Jane is the chair of the Antioch University Los Angeles Sustainability Committee, a representative on the Lost Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Change (LARC), and serves on the Good Food Economy and Academic Partnerships workgroups of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. Jane was the chair of the City of Los Angeles Green Retrofit and Workforce Development Advisory Council appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Kabira Stokes (Moderator)

Kabira Stokes is the founder and CEO of Isidore Electronics Recycling which provides e-waste recycling services to Los Angeles residents, businesses, and governmental organizations while functioning as an on-the-job training and employment program for previously incarcerated Angelenos who face barriers to employment. Kabira holds a Master's degree in public policy from the University of Southern California with a focus in Prison Reentry Policy and Environmental Governance. She has consulted for the non-profit Green For All and worked for the City of Los Angeles as Senior Field Deputy for then-City Council Prsident Eric Garcetti, focusing on Public Safety and Houth Development issues.


Option 1: The Green Scree; The Environment and Film

11 a.m. - Noon, HSS 263 (one hour)

This panel will discuss the world of environmentally related documentary filmmaking.

Sheila Laffey, Ph.D.

Sheila is an award winning producer/director of documentaries and short dramatic films, mostly on the environment which have aired on PBS stations and are distributed by Green Planet Films. She teaches at SMC where one of her courses is Green Screen: Films on the Environment and Transformation. Sheila earned a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from NYU and was Prgram Coordinator for the National Audubon Society in Hawaii. A chapter about her work appears in Search for Reality: The Art of Documentary Filmmaking.

Anastasia Sonkin

At the University of California Berkeley. Anastasia studies Media Studies and Film and listened to food movement pioneers like Michael Pollen and Francis Moore Lappe'. She learned both the power of storytelling, and also a new medium in which to express herself: the documentary. For Anastasia, film became a form of activist expression and activist incentive. When she is not making films, she co-owns Roots & Stems, a sustainable floral design company. Roots & Stems incorporates natural elements in their designs, aspiring to create ecologically sustainable designs. Anastasia also builds edible roof top gardens for restaurants and living walls, bringing food and nature into the urban environments. She is driven to make tranformative change by cultivating community and more unity around food.

Mary Liz Thomson

Mary Liz Thomson is an award winning socially conscious filmaker, most recently Director and Editor of the feature documentary. Who Bombed Judi Bari? (CiINE Golden Eagle and 5 Festival Awards) This Film and is an inside account of the battle with Big Timber to save the last of California's ancient redwoods, and a victorious civil rights lawsuit against the FBI. Thomson also covers environmental issues such as the Plastics Vortex in articles for The Huffington Post, Alternet, and others. She started out in San Francisco co-directing docs and music videos, and writing for a legendary local zine, Komotion. She wants to have an impact in both the narrative and documentary filmmaking world and is currently writing a feature film script with an eco storyline. She has worked extensively in Feature/TV story development, as well as been involved with SyFy Channel movies, and the Sundance TV series "The Sierra Club Chronicals."


Option 2: Global Girl Media Session

11 a.m. - Noon, HSS 156 (one hour)

This panel will discuss the work of Global Girl Media, an organization that develops the authentic voice and self-expression of teenage girls in underserved communities by training them to become citizen journalists, harnessing the power of new digital media to inspire self-esteem, community activism and social change.

Alejandra Castillo

Alejandra Castillo is a senior at Wallis Annenberg High School and preparing for her first year of college. She was awarded the Posse Scholarship to Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges in New York. In 2013, she was accepted into GlobalGirl Media, where she found and used her voice to state her opinions and the social problems in her community, and gained many new friends. She looks forward to meeting new people, to learning more basic journalistic and equipment operating skills, and helping raise awareness about the social inequality that the female population is still challenged with. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Body Treasurer at her school.

Francesca Guerrini

Francesca Guerrini is an experienced and committed journalist with extensive global experience. As a journalist (written and broadcast) Francesca covered major events in US (political conventions, elections, business news, financial crisis, and natural disasters). As a freelance writer for various Italian magazines she wrote feature stories and interviewed writers, artists, actors, and scholars. As an editor for a weekly magazine Oggi7, published in New York City, she ran the day-to-day activities, assigning, and editing contributions. She has a degree in Philosophy from the Universita's degli Studi de Milano, Italy, and working experience in Italy and in the US (New York City and Los Angeles). Francesca is strategist and catalyst for international change working for non-profit organizations in Los Angeles providing philanthropic management and empowered the lives of young girls.

Gillian Grebler

Gillian Grebler is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist. She teaches anthropoligy at Santa Monica College, including a new class which she co-teaches called "The Culture of Food." Grebler started the Food Justice Project at SMC and works with the Center for Urban and Environmental Studies to produce large events on campus, several of whcih has been funded by the college's Global Citizenship Council. These include the 2013 "Food for a Peaceful World." a celebration of national Food Day, and SMC's first anual Honey Bee Festival on Earth Day, 2013. Grabler's linguistic research deals with the social and human rights implications of false confessions and wrongful convictions. She contributed chapters to the Routlege Handbook of Forensic Lingustics (Routledge, 2010) and to Exploring Courtroom Discourse: the Language of Power and Control (Ashgate, 2011) and has worked as a consultant and expert witness in a number of criminal cases where spoken language was at issue. Grebler is currently acting-President of SCAAN, the Southerne California Applied Anthropology Network, a AAA/NAPA "local practitioner organization," which serves practicing anthropologists throughout Southern California.

Rebecca Ruvalcaba

Rebecca Ruvalcaba is an energetic and inspired 15 years old teen reporter for GlobalGirl Media Los Angeles. Since joining GGM, Rebecca has reported extensively on issues pertaining to food justice and recently was honored with the opportunity to interview rising young stars on the Orange Carpet at the 2013 Teen Nick Halo Awards. Beyond GGM, Rebecca is also involved with other organizations related to the empowerment of girls, including Girl Up.


Only Option: Women and Food

Noon - 12:45 p.m., HSS 263

Mary Baldwin

Mary Baldwin heads up the Famers Market Recovery Program for Food Forward, and LA-based non-profit that seeks to reconnect Los Angeles with fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others todo the same. As the Farmers Market REcovery Director. Baldwin's job is simple: work with farmers and local volunteers at some of the city's most popular weekly markets to procure thousands of pounds of fresh produce for those in need, helping to transform the pantries of some of Los Angeles' most desperate social service agencies, while maintaining relationships with the famers markets that the city has come to rely on. Mary is a University of California Master Gardner, and member of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council's Working Group on Urban Agriculture.

Francesca De La Rosa

Francesca de le Rosa serves as Director of Policy and Strategic Alliances for Women Organizing Resources, Knowlege & Services (WORKS), a non-profit affordable housing developer, and is the current Chair of the Urban Ag Working Group of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. Francesca has over fifteen years of community organizing, direct advocacy and campaign development experience. Francesca has worked on a variety of public policy issues in Los Angeles including economic justice, food security, affordable housing and homelessness.

Joann Lo

Joann Lo is Executive Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance, a national coalition of workers organizations throughout the food system. For 20 years, Joann has been a social justice activist and organizer. She is currently serving as Vice Chair of the Leadership Board of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council.

Mary MacVean

Mary MacVean has been writing about food since the 1980s, and is currently the health and fitness editor at the Los Angeles Times. She has long been interested in how the food choices we make affect other people and the world.

Sarah Spitz (Moderator)

Sarah A. Spitz is currently a UC/Cooperative Extension certified Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver serving Los Angeles County, she was a founding member of Seed Library of Los Angeles and serves on the Advisory Board for Food Forward. She writes a weekly column, "Culture Watch," for Santa Monica Daily Press.


Afternoon

2:30 - 4 p.m., HSS 263

Global Citizenship Theme. This panel will examine how climate change and other environmental issues relate to global conflict, violence, security, etc., and how women specifically are affected.

Bert Maria Cueva, Ph.D

Dr. Bert Maria Cueva, with a MA and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, currently teaches in the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences at Santa Monica College. Her interdisciplinary feminist research includes: Feminist Theory Production, Indigenous Research and Qualitative Methods, as well as Transnational Feminism. Dr. Cueva encourages her students to move beyond mere theory and become actively involved in a social justice agenda that advocates for ethical and transformative measures from First World nations that produce environmental and political injustices to marginalized women residing within Developing Nations. Her research was presented at the International Women's Conference, University of Havana, Cuba. The title of her paper, "The Impacts of Globalization to Mexican and Indigenous Women along the Geopolitical Borders," it included a critical analysis of U.S. Imperialism, as it relates to the effects of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) to women's health, bodies, and quality of life that live along the hostile and highly militarized U.S.-Mexico borders.

Amber L. Katherine, Ph.D. (Moderator)

Amber L. Katherine is a professor of philosophy and environmental ethics at Santa Monca College. She has served as chair of the Academic Senate's Environmental Affairs Committee and is a campus leader for Greening the Curriculum. Her introductory textbook is Greening Philosophy: A Fresh Introduction to the Field, (Kendall-Hung, 2011).

Lydia Ponce

Lydia Ponce won the City of Los Angles Human Relations Angel Award in 2011. She is currently employed at Venice High School as a Parent Community Representative - Resides at Venice Beach the last beach side community of color. She is passionate about the justice campaigns for food, education, youth issues, housing, sovereignty rights, and our environment. After all, water is life. She is also an admin for Idle No More Los Angeles and Venice for their newest project, "Unify."

Nita Rubio

Nita Rubio (Nisha Bhairavi) is a Yogini in Kuala Shakta Tantric tradition. She is a master teacher of the subtle body movement modality. The Tantric Dance of Feminine Power®. Embodiment, traditional tantric lineage practice, feminism, and ritual intersect in Nita's offerings. Joyfully teaching for over 17 years it is her great passion to weave these traditions without diluting their potency both in the classroom and personally into a continuous stream of Feminine Wisdom in Action.

Jill Stein

Jill Stein was the Green Party's 2012 candidate for President of the United States. She is an organizer, physician, and pioneering environmental-health advocate. She has helped lead initiatives promoting healthy communities, local green economies and stronger democracy - including campaign finance reform, green jobs, racically-just redistricting, and the cleanup of incinerators, coal plants, and toxic-pesticides. She now helps organize the Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet, and Peace over Profit, an education and direct action campaign beginning Spring 2014 with an "Earth Day to May Day" wave of action, across the US and beyond. The Convergence provides collaboration across fronts of struggle and national borders to harness the transformative power we already possess as thousands of justice movements, rising up against the global assault on our economy, ecology, peace, and democracy.

Maryam Zar

Maryam is a former correspondent in Iran and current Founder of Womenfound. In 2010, Maryam founded Womenfound, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of women in underdeveloped parts of the world, as well as raising money for charities and foundations that help them. She has served as the Director of Communication and member of the Board for UN Women's LA Chapter, the development director for the fistula Foundation, Director of Women's Programs for Omid Iran Foundation, translator for Child Foundation and English Editor for Rahavard. Her writing is featured on the Huffington Post where she has a by-line, on the UN Foundation website, as well as other publications including More magazine, the Levantine Review, FP and in a soon to be released book published by the White Ribbon Alliance highlighting the plight of Mother's around the world. She is mother to 3 as well as a wife, daughter, sister and humanitarian.


Afternoon Keynote

4:15 - 5 p.m., HSS 165

Jollene Levid Keynote

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 has been a part of the organization for 12 years., previously serving as the Secretary-General, Organizing Director & coordinator of the Orange Country chapter. She received her BA in Political Science with a minor in Asian American Studies at UC Irvine and got her Masters in Social Work from USC. She is currently a union organizer and contract negotiator for public sector nurses in Los Angeles County. 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!