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HNU's First Annual Environmental Racism Symposium

Holy Names University is proud to honor its commitment to anti-racism work by holding our first annual Environmental Racism Symposium on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Undergraduate students will be selected to present their work on racism in the areas of healthcare, policy, and pollution in three conference-like sessions.

Please note that attendance at the Symposium is limited to HNU students, staff, and faculty as well as community and educational partners. The Zoom login information will be provided via email.



Opening: 10-10:30 am

Session 1: 10:35- 11:05 am
A. Maria Bianca Mendoza, Amber Revilla, and Alondra Villegas: Code Switching
A. Maria Avila: What is Missing White Girl Syndrome, and Who Does it Affect?
B. Muskaan Aleem: The Impact of Flint’s Deadly Water
B. Ryan Thomas: Segregation Today
C. Mario Alviz: The Multiracial Experience
C. Mahmoud Shimila: The Journey: My Journey and its Historical Relevance

Session 2: 11:10- 11:40 am
A. Berenis Ruiz: Racial Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System
A. Julia Garcia: The Effects of Mass Incarceration and Reentry Challenges of the Formerly Incarcerated
B. Ahliyah Cato: Racial Violence by Law Enforcement
B. Grace Jacobs: Systemic Racism
C. Kenny Smith: Tell Me Who You Are Project 
C. Tina Nguyen: Tell Me Who You Are 

Session 3: 11:45- 12:15pm
A. Nicki Schug, Ellysa Bella, KiKi Scott: Environmental Racism Focusing on the Port of Oakland
A. Madison Oberster: How Pesticide Use Contributes to Racism Through Migrant Work
B. Brenda Maciel, Cherish Smith, Melanie Guzman: Pandemic, Oakland CA
B. Faith Onyewuchi, Regina Parra, Tina Nguyen: Air Pollution in Oakland: Effect on Underrepresented Communities
C. Carson Kelley: Racism in the South
C. Vanson Ly: Cancer Alley

Closing Session, Q&A: 12:15–1:00 p.m.

HNU Stands United Against HateHNU’s Environmental Racism Symposium is a part of United Against Hate Week: November 14-20, 2021, a call for local civic action to stop the hate and implicit biases that are a dangerous threat to the safety and civility of our neighborhoods, towns and cities.