Initial Publication Date: December 20, 2022

Indigenous Perspectives on connecting Food-Energy-Water Nexus to People

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

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10:30-11:30am PST | 11:30-12:30pm MST | 12:30-1:30pm CEN | 1:30-2:30pm EST
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Webinar Description

Join the first of our Virtual Workshop Series for a panel discussion on Indigenous Perspectives on connecting Food-Energy-Water Nexus to People. In this session our panelists will discuss how to think beyond traditional disciplines and perspectives, such as using Indigenous Storying as methodology toward transformative practice.


Emma Elliot, Assistant Professor in Learning Sciences and Human Development, University of Washington

Dr. Elliott (Cowichan Tribes) is an assistant professor in the Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development in the College of Education at the University of Washington.She holds both a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and a Master of Social Work in Children, Youth, and Families. The interdisciplinary intersections of her research include culture, learning, and human development; land-based and Indigenous methodologies; and trauma, prevention, and recovery among Indigenous children and youth.By employing a strengths-based approach to healing, Dr. Elliott rigorously engages youth, families, and communities in the development of integrated educational and behavioral health interventions to address social issues. Her research centers ethical frameworks generated by Indigenous and land-based knowledges and practices to create process-centered approaches that illuminate Indigenous pathways toward collective livelihood. Dr. Elliott is currently partnering with members of the Cowichan Tribes to design programming to strengthen the physical, mental, intellectual, and cultural health of the community.

Nikki McDaid Barry, PhD Candidate in Learning Sciences, Northwestern University

Nikki McDaid Barry (Shoshone-Bannock) is a doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University and an incoming assistant professor at UCLA's School of Education and Information Sciences. Her work broadly focuses on learning environments at the intersection of land-based education and Indigenous resurgence. She is currently working to understand the ways that Indigenous youth in a land-based learning environment (Dr. Megan Bang's ISTEAM program) recognize the personhood of more-than-human beings and how this influences the ways youth engage in socio-ecological decision making. She is also conducting research on how Indigenous and non-Indigenous people conceptualize their closeness with nature and define environmental problems. Nikki earned her M.A. in Teaching from Pacific University and her B.S. in Sociology from Northeastern University. She also is a parent of two young children with one on the way and a former middle school and high school teacher.

Tim San Pedro, Associate Professor, Critical Studies in Race, Justice, and Equity, The Ohio State University

Timothy San Pedro is an Associate Professor ofMulticultural and Equity Studies at Ohio State University. He is Filipino-American and grew up on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana. His experiences there led him to focus his scholarship on the intricate link between motivation, engagement, and identity construction to curricula and pedagogical practices that re-center content and conversations upon Indigenous histories, perspectives, and literacies. San Pedro is an inaugural Gates Millennium Scholar, Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color Fellow, Ford Fellow, Concha Delgado Gaitan Council of Anthropology in Education Presidential Fellow, and a Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow.



Duration: 1 hour
Format: Presentations will take place through a Zoom Meeting screen-sharing session. The webinar will be recorded.
Accessing the Webinar: Instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to participants the day before the event.
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