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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
 Our student documentary is now on Youtube! WATCH HERE!​

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
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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.

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Jollene Levid

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!  

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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
Conference Organizers

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Melanie Klein


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.
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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. 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.

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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.
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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

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Gillian Grebler

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.

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Susan Hunt

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.

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Amber L. Katherine, PhD

Amber L. Katherine, PhD is a professor of philosophy and environmental ethics at Santa Monica College.

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Jane Paul

Urban Community and 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
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Below is information from last year's conference 
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 around

the 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


9:30AM - 10AM 10AM- 10:45AM 11AM - NOON NOON - 12:45
2:30 - 4:00PM
HSS 263
Women in
Green Careers
HSS 263
The Green
Women and
HSS 263
Participants are
encouraged to
bring their own
lunch. There will
be food trucks
parked on campus!

Global Citizenship

HSS 263

HSS 165
Women and
Toxic Chemicals
HSS 156
Global Girl
Media Session
Temachtia Quetzalcoatl 
and ritual dance
(1:55pm ­ 2:25pm)

Conference Planning Committee
Melanie Klein, Sociology + Women’s Studies, Santa Monica College
Kaya Foster, Sustainable Works
Zury Chavez, Santa Monica College student
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
(will be tabling on the Quad)
SMC Associated Students
Bead for Life
Rising International
Rosy's Mexican Boutique
Stoned By Heidi

Panelist Bios 

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Jill Stein
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Jollene Levid
Introductory Morning
HSS 263, 9:30-10am
Afternoon Keynote
HSS 165, 4:15-5pm






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Martha Arguello 


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Lori Baralt

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Susan James 


Artista Marchioni

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Belinda Waymouth



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Roberta Brodsky
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Arlene Hopkins 
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Jane Paul
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Kabira Stokes


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Sheila Laffey, Ph.D.
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Anastasia Sonkin
Mary Liz Thomson

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Alejandra Castillo
Francesca Guerrini
Gillian Grebler 
Rebecca Ruvalcaba


Mary Baldwin  
Francesca De La Rosa


Joann Lo

Mary MacVean

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Sarah Spitz


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Bert Maria Cueva, Ph.D.
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Amber L. Katherine, PH.D.
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Lydia Ponce
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Nita Rubio

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Jill Stein
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Maryam Zar

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Jollene Levid