Program Overview

November 5-7, 13, 19 & 21, 2019

Community-Focused Social Justice Advocacy for the Central Valley: confronting social, political & environmental hazards to our personal & community health. All sessions are free and open to the public.


Tuesday, Nov. 5, 12:00-5:00 pm in FDC 118

Human Rights, Human Insecurity and Forced Displacement from Active Conflict Zones: Response Mechanisms to Deportation and the Harsh Climate Facing Modern Refugee Resettlement Systems

Erin Hughes, Ph.D. (Faculty in Political Science & History, Stanislaus State)

Ashley Black, Ph.D. (Faculty in Latin American History, Stanislaus State)

Ana Ljubinkovic , Ph.D. (Faculty in Sociology, Stanislaus State)

Jennifer Biedendorf, Ph.D. (Faculty in Communication Studies, Stanislaus State)

Hannah Evans (PHE Specialist, Population Connection)

Andrew Conteh, Ph.D. (Faculty in Political Science, Stanislaus State)

Daniel Shepard (Senior Information Officer for Climate Change, United Nations)

Christopher Cambises (US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants)


Tuesday, Nov. 5, Keynote Program, 6:30-9:30 pm in Snider Recital Hall

Climate Change, Forced Migration, Human Insecurity and Refugee Resettlement

Tanya Golash-Boza, Ph.D. (Professor of Sociology, UC Merced)
Incarceration & Deportation in the Central Valley

Christopher Cambises (US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants)
Refugee Resettlement & Forced Migration: Myriad Challenges to Durable Solutions

Daniel Shepard (Senior Information Officer, United Nations Office of Global Communications)
Change & Human Insecurity: Embracing a Pivotal Call to Action


Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6 pm in University Art Gallery

Installation Art as a Call to Conscience: Redefining Emancipatory Politics in the Age of the Refugee

Caleb Duarte (Installation Artist; Professor of Sculpture, Fresno City College)
Iztali “Reality is a Dream”


Thursday, Nov. 7, 1:00-4:45 pm in MSR 130

Environmental & Health Justice for Indigenous/Migrant Farmworkers & their Families: Community-Based Participatory Research as an Engine of Comprehensive Change

Ryan Logan, Ph.D., MPH (Faculty in Medical Anthropology, Stanislaus State)

Antonio Tovar, Ph.D. (Executive Director, Farmworker Association of Florida)

Seth Holmes, Ph.D., MD (Faculty in Medical Anthropology, UC Berkeley)
with an indigenous farmworker family (Madera region)


Thursday, Nov. 7, Keynote Program, 6:00-9:00 pm in Snider Recital Hall

Examining Environmental/Health Injustices Facing Indigenous/Migrant Farmworkers: Participatory Research Partnerships with Agricultural Communities in Florida and California’s Central Valley

Janaki Jagannath, (Community Alliance for Agroecology. farmworker justice advocate)

Rebecca Alcantar, MPA (past Deputy Director for Latino Coalition for a Healthy California)

Antonio Tovar, Ph.D. (Executive Director, Farmworker Association of Florida)

Seth Holmes, Ph.D., MD (Faculty in Medical Anthropology, UC Berkeley)


Wednesday, Nov. 13, 3:00-8:30 pm in MSR 130

GIS Day program: Geography Meets Humanities: A Focus on Social Justice”

Michael Contreras, (Product Engineer, ESRI) and
Kevin Butler, Ph.D. (Analysis & Geoprocessing, ESRI)

Gene Barrera, MCRP (GIS Manager, Merced County) and
Victoria Martinez (Colonize Media, Inc.)

Vanessa Lopez-Asaah, MSW, ACSW (Health Educator, Stanislaus Community Foundation)

Analisa Zamora (Community Engagement Coordinator, Stanislaus County Health Services Agency)

Sophia Garcia (GIS Analyst, Dolores Huerta Foundation)

Documentary screening of El Cacao with Michelle Aguilar (Documentary Producer/Director)


Tuesday, Nov. 19, 11:00 am-3:30 pm in MSR 130

Exploring the Decarceration Movement & Efforts to Reveal and Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Blake Wilson, Ph.D., JD (Criminal Justice)

Sebastian Sclofsky, Ph.D. (Criminal Justice)

Central Valley Movement Building

Fresno Barrios Unidos

Fathers & Families of San Joaquin

Dolores Huerta Foundation

Kimlin Johnson, MS (Civil Rights Activist)


University Art Gallery

IZTALI “Reality is a Dream” ~ (artist performance in the University Art Gallery 4:00-5:45pm)


Tuesday, Nov. 19, Keynote Program, 6:00-9:30 pm in Snider Recital Hall

Civil Rights, Race Relations, and the Progressive Criminalization of Immigration & Black Protest: Nefarious Attacks on Black and Latinx Communities & the Critical Role of Community Dialogue

Carrie Ayala (Regional Connector, Central Valley Movement Building)
Exposing & Dismantling School-to-Prison Pipelines: A Critical Need for School Discipline Reform in the Central Valley

Melina Juárez Pérez, Ph.D. (Faculty in Political Science, Western Washington University)
Criminalization of Immigration and its Impact on Latinx Communities

Melina Abdullah, Ph.D. (Faculty in Pan-African Studies, Cal State LA; Co-founder, LA Chapter of Black Lives Matter)
Free Speech and the Targeting of Black Protest

Kimlin Johnson (Civil Rights Activist/Acclaimed Author: Authenticity, Accountability & Ambitions)
Let’s Start the Dialogue…Dialogue for Change


Thursday, Nov. 21, 1:00-4:00 pm in MSR 130

Environmental & Infrastructural Injustice Within Underrepresented Communities

Representatives of Non-Profit Organizations Working to Address Infrastructure and Environmental Injustices Facing Disadvantaged Communities in the Central Valley:

  • Golden Valley Health Centers (Yamilet Valladolid)
  • Environmental Justice Project (Jonathan Pruitt, Catholic Charities/Diocese of Stockton)
  • Community Initiatives for Collective Impact (Brandon Batzloff/Stergios Roussos)


Thursday, Nov. 21, Keynote Program, 6:00-9:00 pm in Snider Recital Hall

The Impact of Infrastructure Inequities, Institutional Barriers & Resegregation Practices on the Environment and Health of Marginalized Urban and Underserved Farming Communities

Lemir Teron, Ph.D. (Faculty in Environmental Science, Public Policy & Urban Politics, State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry)
Energy Democracy, Legacy Pollution & Inequities in Sustainable Development Strategies:
The Challenge for Environmental Justice Communities

Marisol Aguilar, JD (California Rural Legal Assistance Community Equity Project)
Grassroots Advocacy for Infrastructure Equity in Disadvantaged Central Valley Communities

Alex Schafran, Ph.D. (Faculty in Urban Geography, University of Leeds)
Exposing the Resegregation of California Communities: Envisioning a New Social Contract Under Conditions of Growing Inequality, Housing Vulnerability and Climate Crisis