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With Manulani Meyer (Prof. Education, Univ. of Hawaii at Hilo), Mary Pearl (ex-Dean, Macaulay Honors College CUNY), Qiana Mickie (QJM Multiprise), Elizabeth Demaray (Prof., Rutgers), Max Lerner (CEO, GROW Externships).
Fri, Oct 07 @ 06:00 PM   FREE   The Guild For Good (Prime Produce), 424 W 54th St
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A moderated panel exploring BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+ & women's perspectives on the climate crisis. Zoom attendance free w/ a special dinner in NYC.

About this event
Join GROW Externships in a moderated panel exploring BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+ & women's perspectives on the climate crisis & how intersectional ways of thinking & doing can inform & enhance our collective response to the climate crisis. We are honored to have the following panelists joining us from 6:30-7:30pm.

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer (She/Her) (joining virtually from Kapolei, O'ahu) is the fifth daughter of Emma Aluli & Harry Meyer who grew up on the sands of Mokapu & Kailua beach on the island of O'ahu. The Aluli ohana is a large & diverse group of scholar-activists dedicated to Hawaiian education, justice, land reclamation, law, health, cultural revitalization, arts education, prison reform, food sovereignty, transformational economics, & music. Manu works in the field of indigenous epistemology & its role in world-wide awakening. Professor Aluli-Meyer obtained her doctorate in Philosophy of Education from Harvard (Ed.D. 1998). She is a world-wide keynote speaker, writer, & international evaluator of Indigenous PhDs. Her book: Ho'oulu: Our Time of Becoming, is in its third printing. Her background is in wilderness education, coaching, & experiential learning & she has been an Instructor for Outward Bound, a coach for Special Olympics, & a cheer-leader for the Hawaiian Charter School movement. Dr. Aluli Meyer has been an Associate Professor of Education at University of Hawaii at Hilo & spent five years in New Zealand as the lead designer/teacher for He Waka Hiringa, an innovative Masters in Applied Indigenous Knowledge degree at Te Wnanga o Aotearoa, the largest Mori university with 30,000+ students. Dr. Aluli-Meyer is currently the Konohiki for Klana o Kapolei (A Hawaiian Place of Learning at University of Hawaii-West Oahu). She co-founded & co-leads the community cultural agroforestry movement emerging on Oahu to affirm the importance of niu & coconut groves - Niu Now!
Dr. Mary Pearl (She/Her) (joining virtually from California) is the former dean of Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York, the school for the 2,200 top students among 270,000+ CUNY degree candidates. A scientist, environmentalist, & educator, Mary was previously the founding dean of Stony Brook University Southampton. She was also CEO of The Garrison Institute, a research & retreat center. As president of the Ecohealth Alliance, Mary helped build careers of local scientists & educators in 20 high-biodiversity countries around the world. She was a founding faculty member for the Design for Social Innovation program at the School for Visual Arts, & recently served as co-manager of a USAID-funded program based at Indonesia's National Agricultural University (IBP) to transform science, engineering, & technology education in Indonesia's high schools. Mary sits on the boards of Brazil's Institute for Ecological Research & the Center for Large Landscape Conservation. She is the convener of the International Biodiversity Network. Newsweek magazine described Mary as a leading biologist who has spearheaded the development of conservation medicine' - a scientific exploration of the links between the health of humans, wildlife & ecosystems. She is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Qiana Mickie (She/Her) is a New York City based food systems leader & equity consultant. For over 11 years, she has worked on fostering racial, economic, & environmental equity within regional food/farm systems. She is also active in local & international policy on issues such as food sovereignty, land tenure, & health. Qiana is the former Executive Director of Just Food. Qiana is the Founding Principal of QJM Multiprise. Qiana serves on the International Council of Urgenci, Coordination Committee of the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) for the United Nations, as well as the boards of the Farmers Market Coalition & Urgenci. Qiana has a B.S. in Marketing from Hampton University & received her Food Hub Management Certification from the University of Vermont. She speaks on issues of racial equity, food justice, & solidarity economy locally & internationally. Qiana wrote the U.S chapter, Solidarity, Not Charity: Emergent Strategies from the Front Lines on Fostering a Food-Based Solidarity Economy in the United States in the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation publication, Crash Barriers for Post COVID-19 Food & Agricultural Systems.
Elizabeth Demaray (She/Her) focuses on the interface between the built & the natural environment & the idea of trans-species giving, which asserts that the commonalities between life forms are such that we may actually be able to give other organisms a hand up, notwithstanding our own cultural or species-specific assumptions about the natural world. She is an associate professor of fine arts & head of the sculpture concentration at Rutgers University, Camden. Her body of work has received the National Studio Award from the New York Museum of Modern Art/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center & the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture as well as been featured at the 2014 Association of Environmental Science Studies symposium, Welcome to the Anthropocene. Her work extends as a group advisor in the Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering & an advisor at The Art & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Rutgers University, in the Department of Computer Science, which is dedicated to supporting artistic practice in the fields of computer vision & machine learning.

Max Lerner (He/Him) has nearly 20 years of experience coordinating the implementation of green infrastructure, sustainability pilots, & resilient development strategies as part of a broader platform for empowering workforce development. In a professional capacity, he directs both the environmental initiatives of the Emerging Technologies team of NYC Parks as well as the operations of GROW Externships. In these roles, Max has implemented countless environment initiatives covering a broad range of environmental goals locally, nationally & internationally. Max is able to achieve this bold scope of work through ongoing radical collaboration with a massive spectrum of professionals covering all corners of the consistently expanding field of global ecological & technological best practices. Through a strong conviction that the decisions impacting the planet should be made by a genuine representation of the planet's diversity, he strives to ensure that developing professionals have both the opportunity & resources necessary to become part of the solutions for a brighter tomorrow. In his personal life, Max is a bisexual retro game enthusiast who believes in the therapeutic & connective powers of tabletop fantasy games (check out his other nonprofit project, PLAN Gaming!).


In addition to the free panel on Zoom, donors local to NYC may instead attend the panel in-person & reserve a seat for an intimate four-course community meal alongside our esteemed panelists, featuring a menu that explores New York regional native ingredients & modern day supply chains of the New York City area. Hosted in Hell's Kitchen at the Prime Produce Guild for Good's 7,000 sqft multi-use community guildhall. Pricing for this option is sliding scale as listed below (first come first serve; space is very limited):

$150+ per person: For donors with an annual income up to $250k. This donation could cover 1 extern's field gear to ensure they have the essential tools, equipment, & camping gear.
$300+ per person: For donors with an annual income from $250k to $500k. This donation could cover a whole month of 1 extern's field lunches which gives them the opportunity to try a wide range of new foods while adventuring.
$600+ per person: For donors with an annual income over $500k. This donation could cover 1 extern's program stipend to rightfully compensate their time & recognize their successful completion of our field training program.
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