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Environmental Justice and Ecotherapy Conference 2022

April 22, 2022 @ 7:00 am - 2:00 pm

The UT Steve Hicks School of Social Work EJET student organization presents the first annual Environmental Justice and Eco-Therapy Conference. The goal of the conference is to bring awareness and education to the UT campus community around issues of sustainability through an environmental justice and mental health lens. The speakers presenting at this conference will consider this as they tie in their expertise on issues such as climate justice, environmental justice, ecotherapy, and climate resilience.


Professionals can earn 4 CEUs by attending this conference

Friday April 22, 2022 Agenda

9-9:15am – Opening and Introduction – Erica Foster and Mark McKim, EJET Conference Co-Founders

9:15-10:30 – Keynote “Somos de la tierra: We are nature” – Rocío Villalobos, City of Austin Equity Office

10:30 -10:45 – Break

10:45-12:00 – Climate and Environmental Justice: Frontline perspectives to inform allies in social work. David Cortez, Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter, Dr. Tane Ward, Consultant and Community Organizer, and Andy Escobar, CEER Houston

12:00- 1:00 – Break for Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 – Redefining Resilience: Equity & Climate Justice – Carmen Llanes Pulido, Go Austin Vamos Austin (GAVA) and Kizzy Hanibal Xolani, Co-founder and Program Manager at EcoRise

2:15-2:30 – Break

2:30 – 3:45 – “Nature Heals: Reflections on Indigenous Practices & Ecotherapy for Well-being.” Starla Simmons, LCSW and Marika Alvarado, Indigenous Medicine Woman

For more information and conference agenda please visit: https://sites.utexas.edu/ejetconference/