Drs. Karletta Chief, Diana Liverman, Sallie Marston, and Dean Emerita Toni Massaro were recognized in the Women's Plaza of Honor.
On April 11, University of Arizona professors Drs. Karletta Chief, Diana Liverman, Sallie Marston, and Dean Emerita Toni Massaro were recognized for their leadership and contributions to society and the environment and for inspiring a new generation of scholars advocating for community-driven solutions to the world's challenges.
At the Weaving Beautiful Lives: A Tribute to Four Inspirational Women event, personalized benches were unveiled for each of the honorees in the Women's Plaza of Honor (WPOH). The benches were bestowed by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice (Haury Program) in the Arizona Institute for Resilient Environments and Societies, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Environmental Science, and the James E. Rogers College of Law. The personalized benches include meaningful quotes and imagery of the honorees' lives.
Mary Grier, Haury Program Donor Advised Fund Board Chair, emceed the event and invited attendees to celebrate the four women's lives through stories told by colleagues, friends, mentors, and mentees whose lives the honorees impacted. Mary began her remarks by recognizing how the four professors have touched the lives of hundreds of people, "Their lives represent a beautiful tapestry that weaves us all together." Mary encouraged the attendees to participate in a collective weaving art project during the ceremony. The Haury Program will exhibit the finished art piece in the ENR2 building.
Mary Grier also noted that all four women played a significant role in the Haury Program, either by "carrying out one of our seminal projects or, in the case of Dr. Liverman and Dean Massaro, helping us conceive the program." Finally, Moses Thompson, UArizona Community School Garden Program Director, stated in his closing remarks, "The women honored here have equipped a generation to carry on their good work. Through their own groundbreaking work in mentorship, they've ignited a wildfire of good work that can't be contained. And they're far from finished."