Announcements

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice is honored to announce Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” R. Cantwell is joining our Donor-Advised Fund Board. Dr. Cantwell will join the efforts of five other representatives committed to supporting research and community-based outreach to solve “wicked” societal and environmental challenges in Southern Arizona and beyond. We are eager to work with Dr. Cantwell and further the work the Haury Program and the UArizona are carrying out in partnership with the communities we serve. 

Welcome aboard Dr. Cantwell! 

We also want to thank Katherine Whisman, former UArizona Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Budget Officer, who recently retired and served at the Haury DAF Board between 2016 and 2020. Happy well-deserved retirement, Kathy!

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Mark Sorensen, STAR School (Painted Desert Demonstration Projects, Inc) and Jing Luo, Appex Apllied Technology, Inc. lead the "Water Bus" and "Air to Water" projects. The Water Bus project aims to serve as a rapid relief response effort which will provide safe drinking water to the Hopi Tribe villagers. The water bus will be deployed in Shipaulovi Village. The Water Bus's filtration system requires no external power sources as it is 100% solar powered. The Air to Water project aims to test a system powered by an integral combination of solar photovoltaics and high-efficiency solar thermal energy to produce water. The team will conduct a performance test of the SOURCE Hydro-Panel system to better understand the feasibility of applying “air to water” technologies in arid and semi-arid regions. The system will be deployed in the Navajo Nation. 

Dr. Vasiliki Karanikola, UArizona College of Engineering, is partnering with Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA), the Indian Health Service (IHS) Sanitation Facilities Construction Program, and a Chapter House in the Navajo Nation to develop Off-Grid Water Purification Units in Navajo Nation. The project aims to address the urgent need for food, energy, and water on the Navajo Nation that has been intensified due to COVID-19. The project leaders will use pressure-driven desalination methods, nanofiltration (NF), and reverse osmosis (RO) for the treatment of brackish waters such as those on the Navajo Nation while producing high-quality water. The system will be powered by solar panels. The team will construct and deploy two off-grid mobile water purification units to test the system. The overall goal of the project is to provide mid and long-term solutions to the food, energy, and water challenges in the Navajo Nation.

Dr. Karletta Chief, UArizona Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science in partnership with Northern Arizona University, University of New Mexico UCAL, and MSU will develop a Navajo COVID-19 Water Needs Map. The project aims to identify COVID-19 high-risk areas in the Navajo Nation. Through UArizona’s collaborations regarding water, health, and environmental health, project leaders will create a map that combines water quality, water infrastructure, health, and socio-economic data to identify areas on the Navajo Nation that are most at risk for a COVID-19 spike in the fall due to lack of access to water, food, and energy. 

The Haury Program is also funding a Ph.D. student, Nikki Tulley, to assist Dr. Karletta Chief to address water supply, access, and contamination issues on the Navajo Nation under the current COVID-19 pandemic, and plan for longer-term actions.

 

Monday, April 20, 2020

Care About Climate, founded by former UArizona student Natalie Lucas, is charting new ways to celebrate Earth Day this year due to COVID-19.

The non-profit will host a series of free webinars throughout the week (For more details please check out their Facebook page):
Monday, April 20, 7:00-8:00 PM EST - EmpoderaClima, Women on the Frontline of Climate Change and COVID-19. Register here.
Wednesday, April 22, 3:00-4:00 PM EST - Bridging the Gaps in Youth Capacity Building. Register here.
Thursday, April 23, 2:00-3:00 PM EST - Environmental Activism on an International Stage. Register here.
Sunday, April 26, 4:00-5:00 PM EST - How to Get Involved at Care About Climate. Register here.

The current schedule is a shift from the planned grassroots activities, which involved getting involved with local Earth Day celebrations and sending Earth Day stickers for engagement, but the nature of the non-profit made the shift easier. Created and run by a generation that embraces social media and technology, Care About Climate is able to reach wider audiences even under social distancing constraints.

“[Social media] allows us to really engage people where they're at especially with the Coronavirus happening right now,” said Lucas. She continued, “We are really able to meet people where they are and because we also deal with a lot of different countries, we have been able to connect people around the world to take on climate action.”

Care About Climate was created in 2014 by a coalition of University of Arizona students. Leading up to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) held in Paris, the coalition hosted presentations across the US to educate citizens about the Paris agreement and US climate change policy. In 2015, the coalition was able to attend the conference, with some members funded by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program (Haury Program).

“The Haury Program funding allowed students of low-income communities and communities of color to attend the negotiations, individuals who are not usually well represented,” said Lucas.

Following the Paris climate conference, Care About Climate made a shift in its focus from international policy to youth. “I think we knew in our heart of hearts that that wasn't going to solve the entire problem. And then a year later like Trump was elected, so it made it even harder,” said Lucas.

Care About Climate began to offer tools to youth, including guides, videos and an online classroom accessible 24/7, helping them do climate action programs within their own local communities. In addition to youth, Care About Climate works with international groups to share resources, ideas, and information allowing people to do work from the ground.

“Paris was a good stopping point. But, we shifted our focus from thinking about policy being a saving grace and thinking more about how we can give folks the tools to actually just go do the work,” said Lucas.

During her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, Lucas was the Executive Director of the Students for Sustainability. During her position, she helped start the Compost Cats and Greening the Game programs, funded by the UArizona Green Fund.

“I started learning how to do environmental organizing at the University of Arizona. It was a really cool experience to learn how to make change happen,” said Lucas.

For students trying to get involved in climate change or non-profit work, Lucas suggests to try things on and plug into your passion. Some other suggestions Lucas has for those looking to get involved in climate change include voting and getting involved in elections and voting for climate champions, working to encourage cities and states, colleges campuses and businesses to go to 100% renewable energy, and helping to create more efficient business processes and buildings.

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice (Haury Program) is pleased to announce awards for its Fall 2019 competitive grant cycle. The program made awards in three categories: partnering grants, seed grants and challenge grant finalists. Challenge grant finalists will compete for the Challenge Grant Award in Spring 2020. Funding awarded in this cycle totaled nearly one-quarter of a million dollars.

Partnering Grants

Four proposals won the inaugural Haury Program Partnering Award. Recognizing the benefits and challenges of forming new collaborations, the Haury Program created this award to facilitate connecting the University of Arizona (UArizona) and the community in new or enhanced partnerships for environmental and social justice work.

Yue "Max" Li, UArizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Raye Winch, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and members of the Tucson Cooperative Network will work together in the project Building a Network that Incubates Worker-owned Cooperatives for a Regenerative Society. This new partnership will explore the creation of worker-owned cooperatives as a business model to develop regenerative businesses such as rainwater harvesting, habitat restoration, sustainable food production, and also build individual capacities centered on indigenous values.     

Kathleen J. Kennedy, Associate Professor of Practice at the UArizona John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Tres English, Sustainable Tucson, will expand their collaboration to engage the community of Tucson in visualizing and creating a path to build a sustainable community in Southern Arizona by 2045. The project, Sustainable Tucson 2045, strives to increase awareness and inspire action on the challenges ahead.

The partnership between Lisa Bowden, Executive Director of the Kore Press Institute, and Deanna Lewis, Research Specialist at the UArizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Gender Diversity Initiative intends to address the pressing need for safer, more inclusive educational ecosystems, environments, and practices cognizant of health outcome disparities for LGBTQ+ youth. The project, Gender Diversity Initiative, incorporates identifying additional, new partners, including directly impacted community, allies, and challengers.

The project, A Borderlands Observatory: Understanding and Communicating the Effects of Border Enforcement and Policy on Sonoran Desert Communities, led by Jeffrey Banister, UArizona Southwest Center, and Vicki Gaubeca, Director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition, plans to build a team that works for an ethical and equitable program of collaborative inquiry among academic, humanitarian, and environmental communities. Partners will work toward a common language and collective goals for sharing data and local knowledge on the impacts of border militarization in the Sonoran Desert region.

“The Sonoran Desert border region,” commented Jeff Banister, “is home to a broad array of social justice and environmental groups. With support from the Haury Program, we are developing a framework for collaboration between researchers and community partners to protect, extend, and communicate the innovative ways that human and non-human communities have resisted, restored, and flourished in the context of border militarization.”

Seed Grants

Seed grants foster authentic partnerships between the UArizona and the community to develop one-time or well-defined prototype projects for completion within two years. Two new seed proposals supporting long-term efforts for systematic change were awarded funding in Fall 2019.

Tucson Bee Collaborative: Broadening the Network is a partnership effort to increase awareness of Tucson’s exceptional bee diversity, and to empower future scientists by engaging them in research activities. The project, led by Kim Franklin and Debra Colodner, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, and Dr. Wendy Moore, UArizona Department of Entomology and Curator of the Insect Collection, will connect biodiversity conservation with STEM education, by involving high school students in real-world research on native bees.

“The Tucson Bee Collaborative (tucsonbeecollaborative.com) aims to connect people to their environment and youth to well-paid careers, all through the unassuming native bee.” Said Debra Colodner, “Tucson is a hotspot for native bee diversity, with over 750 species who do the work of pollinating our desert plants as well as food crops. High school, Pima College, and University of Arizona students, Desert Museum volunteers and scientists from the latter three institutions are working together to study native bee populations and learn how to protect them. We are grateful to the Haury Program for funding this pilot project, which will lay the groundwork for future expansion.”

For more information see: https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/desert-abuzz-bees

Building environmental and climate education equity and action in K-6 education, led by Rebecca Lipson, UArizona Assistant Director of Education, and Janna Acevedo, Director of the TUSD Magnet School Program, intends to develop the next generation of environmental leaders by engaging youth from diverse backgrounds on environmental science and climate change topics. The project includes strengthening TUSD’s teachers’ skills in teaching climate science and sustainability.  

Challenge Grants

From Letters of Interest submitted, reviewers chose three finalist teams addressing major environmental and social challenges of the 21st century to move forward. The Haury Program provides each finalist team, comprised of UA and community members, $10,000 to complete a feasibility study and prepare a presentation to a judging panel in April 2020. The judges may award one team the 3-year funding if they determine the project meets the standard of addressing root causes and creating systemic change. The Challenge Grant finalists are:

Compost for the Future, Harvest Against Hunger, led by Ilse Rojas, UArizona Compost Cats, and Barbara Eiswerth, Iskashitaa Refugee Network

FARMacy: A Prescription for a Healthier Community, led by Elizabeth Sparks, UArizona Tucson Village Farm, and Alissa Sadalla, El Rio Health

Southern Arizona Microfinance Initiative: Innovative and Sustainable Economic Development in and with Marginalized Communities, led by Francisca Villegas, YWCA Southern Arizona and Elise Lopez, UArizona Consortium on Gender-Based Violence

More details about these and other awarded projects, visit https://www.haury.arizona.edu/mission/awards-database

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice (Haury Program) is pleased to announce its Spring 2019 awards. Reviewers selected two community-based seed projects by strong University of Arizona (UA)-community teams focused on finding adaptations and solutions to health impacts that are increasing as the climate warms. Reviewers also selected two faculty fellows to expand their work in social justice and environment embedded in community.

Seed Grants

The Haury Program awards two to four seed charitable grants twice each year to projects that support teams of University and community members seeking solutions to social justice and environmental problems. These projects must foster authentic relationships between the UA and the community and demonstrate sustainability of actions and teams beyond the grant period. 2019’s exciting two-year projects have potential to move the needle in their respective areas and serve as models for other communities as they face expanding disease and heat-related illnesses in the changing climate regime. Grounded in community priorities and needs, with potential to expand for larger scale impact, these two projects will also produce important scholarship and best practices.

Community-based tick-borne disease prevention on the Tohono O’odham Nation is led by Kathleen Walker of UA College of Public Health with partners Carlos Aceves and Damascus Francisco from the Tohono O’odham Nation Department of Health and Human Services (TONDHHS). This project is focused on improving and preserving health on the Tohono O’odham Nation, while strengthening community resilience, education and voice in the context of climate change induced spread of vector-borne disease. Through this Haury Program partnership, researchers in the UA Entomology Department, TONDHHS and animal welfare agency personnel will work together to fill gaps on community knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding ticks and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF). For more details about this and other projects visit our Awards Database

Improving Equity in Solar Access: A Low-cost Cooling Option for Families is led by Ann Marie Wolf of Sonora Environmental Research Institute, Inc. (SERI) and Diane Austin of UA Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA). Additional partners include Eric Betterton of UA Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences. This project focuses on evaluating new options for low-income, marginalized communities in southern metropolitan Tucson that lack energy resilience and have not received the economic, environmental, and community empowerment benefits of the renewable energy economy to reduce their energy use and yet cool their homes. Wolf states, “We are excited to provide an opportunity for low-income households to participate in renewable energy. This project has the potential to significantly improve community resiliency by lowering indoor temperatures during summer months while decreasing energy costs”. For more details about this and other projects visit our Awards Database.

Faculty Fellowships

The Haury Program selected two researchers who represent a dedication to outstanding scholarship conducted with a strong focus on social justice, environment, and community voice. These fellows grow their own capabilities in tandem with those of their communities.

Carrie Nuva Joseph, a research associate in the Center for Indigenous Environmental Health within the Department of Community, Environment, and Policy in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is an advocate for Indigenous Data Sovereignty. She specializes in using Indigenous methodologies to advance and protect Tribal interests. Her research interests include sustainable engineering for mine reclamation of hazardous waste, paleoecology, watershed hydrology and management, analytical methods for human exposures to anthropogenic contaminants, and community-based participatory research. She will use the Haury Program fellowship to assist her data equity efforts to support community initiatives in underrepresented populations that have led to key insights across the dimensions of social equity, food sovereignty, educational enrichment, and environmental protection. She focuses on and will continue her partnerships with Hopi village members to further understand the impacts that uranium extraction and mining have on the health, cultural, environmental, and socioecological well-being of the Hopi Nation. Joseph says: “I am my tribe’s first female Ph.D. scientist, which has given me the opportunity to advocate for my community using science and Hopi ways of knowing.  With my community’s support, we have developed a partnership that is truly community-driven.”

Jamie Lee, Assistant Professor, UA School of Information, came to UA after two decades working in media and as an award-winning social justice documentary filmmaker. Her professional and community-focused experiences shape her values and vision as teacher, scholar, archivist, storyteller, and media-maker as she pursues her career at UA. Her ongoing research centers on social justice and the importance of community collaborations to increase the diversity of voices and stories that are part of the historical record. She founded the Arizona Queer Archives, Arizona’s first LGBTQ archives, and co-directed the Stories of Arizona’s Tribal Libraries oral history project. Lee states, “The Haury Program Faculty Fellowship will allow me to connect my scholarship on oral history and storytelling to my social justice documentary filmmaking expanding its scope from the Juárez, Chihuahua/El Paso, Texas/Anthony, New Mexico border region to the Arizona/Sonora border region. My collaborative documentary film/digital humanities project, Aguamiel: secrets of the agave (with co-director Adela C. Licona, Ph.D.), documents what everyday ‘experts’—especially Mexican and Mexican-origin households and women’s cooperatives—are doing to re-imagine and redress the practices that have entrenched inequalities and environmental injustices. Community participants and I will co-conduct interviews and document stories to reveal what people are doing as they face climate change in their own communities. I am partnering with BorderLinks, a local place-based educational non-profit”. Learn more about Dr. Lee's work.

Agnese Nelms Haury was a dedicated philanthropist with a passion for investing in innovative scholarship. During her life, she supported a wide range of people, organizations and causes in the environment, social justice and the Southwest. The Spring 2019 seed grant and faculty fellowship awards honor her legacy and extend her passion for innovative scholarship and making a difference.

Photo credit: tfsolar.com

Thursday, February 28, 2019

El Programa de Medio Ambiente y Justicia Social Agnese Nelms Haury en colaboración con el Colegio de Ciencias de la Universidad de Arizona, SERI (Sonora Environmental Research Institute, Inc.), el Centro para la Biodiversidad Biológica y el Distrito 1 de la ciudad de Tucson, patrocinaron la serie de pláticas en Español Resistendo el cambio climático que se llevó a cabo en el mes de abril y que tuvo  como conferencistas a varios expertos en temas de salud y políticas públicas. 

El día domingo 22 de marzo, el decano del Colegio de Ciencias de la Universidad de Arizona fue entrevistado por Raúl Aguirre en el programa de radio La hora del café con Isidro Figueroa de La Poderosa 105.3 FM. Escucha la entrevista aquí

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Plática 1 | Jueves 4 de abril | 5:30-7:00 pm
Primera Iglesia Bautista Kairos | 4502 S. 12th Ave.
El cambio climático y la salud
¿Cómo afecta a nuestra familia?

Panel
Joaquin Ruiz, Director de la Biosfera 2 y decano del Colegio de Ciencias, Universidad de Arizona
Flor Sandoval, Directora de Programas, SERI
Kathleen Walker, Profesora Asistente, Universidad de Arizona, Facultad de Agricultura y Ciencias de la Vida, Departamento de Entomología

Moderadores
Regina Romero, Directora de Enlace a la comunidad Latina, Centro para la Diversidad Biológica y Regidora de la Ciudad de Tucson, Distrito 1
Raúl E. Aguirre, Empresario y Presidente, REA Media Group

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Plática 2 | Sábado 13 de abril | 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Berger Performing Arts Center | 1200 W. Speedway
Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind
Políticas públicas y el cambio climático
¿Cómo podemos combatirlo?

Panel
Joaquin Ruiz, Director de la Biosfera 2 y decano del Colegio de Ciencias, Universidad de Arizona
James Buizer, Profesor, Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Medio Ambiente y Director del Programa para la Adaptación Climática y el Desarrollo Internacional, Instituto del Medio Ambiente Universidad de Arizona
Laura Dent, Directora Ejecutiva, Chispa Arizona

Invitado especial
Congresista Raúl M. Grijalva, Distrito 3 de Arizona

Moderadores
Regina Romero, Directora de Enlace a la comunidad Latina, Centro para la Diversidad Biológica y Regidora de la Ciudad de Tucson, Distrito 1
Raúl E. Aguirre, Empresario y Presidente, REA Media Group

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¡Gracias a todos los asistentes!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice (Haury Program) is pleased to announce the recipients of its Spring 2018 awards for seed grants and faculty fellowships.

Seed Grants

The Spring 2018 seed grants are awarded to two teams working in Arizona.

The project, A New Habitat for Manufactured Housing in Tucson, led by Mark Kear of the University of Arizona (UA) Department of Geography and Development, focuses on a critical urban issue, housing for low-income families, and includes partners Habitat for Humanity, Ward 3 in the City of Tucson and Margaret Wilder of the UA Department of Geography and Development. It is a two-year project.

The other seed project, Engagement of Underserved Students in Biodiversity and Land-Use Issues through the Co-Management of Agriculture and Wildlife, led by Paula Rivadeneira of UA Yuma Agricultural Center, partners with Arizona Western College and Fresh Express. It is also a two-year project. This is the first award to work in Yuma, Arizona by the Haury Program.

A New Habitat for Manufactured Housing in Tucson’s long-term goal is to create a foundation transform Tucson’s most socially and environmentally vulnerable manufactured housing (MH) communities into healthy, sustainable, and just places to live. The team will deepen understanding of the intersections between social (e.g., eviction) and environmental vulnerability (e.g., energy poverty) in MH communities; develop indices and maps to identify Tucson’s most socially and environmentally vulnerable MH communities; recommend policy interventions to enhance MH quality of life and resilience; and refurbish and build new homes for a candidate MH community. Kear states: “The Haury Program’s support of this partnership will allow the UA, Habitat for Humanity, and City of Tucson Ward 3 to translate basic research on manufactured housing into better housing options as well tangible improvement in the social and environmental quality of life for Tucson manufactured housing residents. “

Engagement of Underserved Students in Biodiversity and Land-Use Issues through Co-Management of Agriculture and Wildlife seeks to balance healthy fresh produce with wildlife habitat by taking a new approach. Yuma, Arizona is the Winter Vegetable Capital of the World. Historically, growers destroyed native habitat around their fields for food safety assuming that wildlife would leave. But studies have documented the opposite. Traditionally underserved students at Arizona Western College will be integral to the project, which can serve as a gateway for science-based agricultural careers. “This seed grant will fund student interns who not only will benefit from gaining hands-on field experience, but they will earn an income, some for the first time ever,“ says Rivadeneira.

Faculty Fellows

The Haury Program selected two researchers with deep connections in Native American and Latina/o communities for two-year fellowships.  Patrisia  Gonzales is an Associate Professor in UA Mexican American Studies and American Indian Studies-GIDP in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Celeste González de  Bustamante,  is Associate Professor in UA School of Journalism in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, where she is Assistant Director Faculty Initiatives. 

González de Bustamante’s border and cross-border work has focused on empowering underrepresented voices through research, education and community collaboration. “Understanding the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and its peoples is more important now than ever. My goals and hope are that through research, teaching and by collaborating with communities on the ground, the wider public begins to better understand the borderlands. The fellowship will allow me to strengthen and enhance current partnerships with borderlands community-based organizations, as well as to initiate new collaborations. Connections between the University of Arizona and the community are vital to sustainable and positive change in this critical region of the world.”

Gonzales’ research has focused on Indigenous networks to increase connectivity and relationality. “The Faculty Fellowship will support my efforts to foster networks across Indigenous communities and between youth and elders in an education program that links youth with elders in Indigenous social justice projects that include the environment as community. As part of this mentorship and co-exploration of knowledge, UA Indigenous students will be connected to Indigenous rights activists to assist Alianza elders in creating engaged public scholarship and awareness of Indigenous rights regarding migration, mobility and militarized borderlands and the potential impact on Indigenous knowledge.”

 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

On April 25, 2018, the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice awarded the 3rd Challenge Grant to a partnership between the University of Arizona Community and School Garden Program and Flowers and Bullets Collective. The project, La Siembra: Sowing a New Model of Community Engagement through Urban Agriculture, involves the community in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of an urban farm on the vacant site of the former Julia Keen Elementary School.

"La Siembra will create a safe and just space for a marginalized community by mitigating the negative effects of climate change, biodiversity loss, air, land, and water pollution, and lack of economic opportunity and transforming a closed, ten-acre public elementary school campus into an innovative, regional model of community-driven drylands agriculture, green space, and cultural resource center", said Sallie A. Marston, project leader and Director of the UA Community & School Garden Program. Watch a video or their presentation here. Read the full article here.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

On April 25, 2017, the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice awarded the 2nd Challenge Grant to STEM RISE Arizona. The project Preparing the Next Generation of Native American and Hispanic STEM innovators focuses on strengthening opportunities related to the nexus of social justice and the environment in the education pipeline (k-12) for underserved Native Americans and Hispanic youth by preparing students with the necessary math background for them to take advanced math courses by 12th grade to increase the number of underserved youth placing into higher prerequisite math courses required in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related majors at PCC and the UA, and to inspire underserved Native American and Hispanic youth to pursue STEM careers. Watch a video of their presentation here. Read the full press release.     

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Congratulations to our Spring 2016 Visiting Fellows

The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice (Haury Program) is awarding $20,000 to visiting scholars in Spring 2016. This program brings experience and new perspectives to the University of Arizona (UA) through extended stays of academic and community representatives. These fellowships are intended to strengthen collaborations between the Tucson community and UA with those working in various parts of the world.

Katie Meehan will be an Agnese Nelms Haury Visiting Fellow during July 2016-June 2017. Katie is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon. Her project, Sustainable Urban Transitions in the Southwest: Water Infrastructure and Social Justice in the Mexico-U.S. Borderlands, will study the relationship between climate change and the role of cities’ sustainability.

Along with two UA faculty members, Jeff Banister and Stacie Widdifield, Katie will advance understanding of urban transition through analysis of water infrastructure plans, policies, and practices in Southwest cities. The team will further compare how the studied cities cultivate water systems as a method of climate resilience and spatial planning. This visiting fellow will not only build a network with UA researchers and the Tucson community but also produce a written publication and enhance the development of a science curriculum focused on urban water harvesting in school gardens.

Katie is excited to work at UA, “Haury Program funding allows me to collaborate with the most knowledgeable faculty that are a part of a powerhouse on the subject of water resources. It allows for great impact on high school students by transforming their science curriculum to be fun and interactive. I am excited for students to become empowered through knowledge, to change their way of being in the world.”

In conjunction with the UA community, School Garden Program, and the Tucson Unified School district, Katie yearns to translate plant-based knowledge with geospatial tools, continuing after the term of the fellowship.

The Haury Program will fund a visiting fellowship proposal that is centered around a local conference – a different take on the traditional visiting fellowship. Mika Galilee-Belfer, Director of Strategic Planning and Special Projects for UA’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), has organized a project to bring four visiting fellows to Tucson. This visit will be in conjunction with the Food and Water in Arid Lands: Dialogues Across Contemporary and Traditional Knowledge conference to be held in November 2016.

Mika speaks of the fellows’ contributions, “Rami Zurayk of Lebanon can help us better understand the relationships between traditional agricultural livelihood and food politics, particularly in a complex border or contested regions.  Andrew Mushita of Zimbabwe brings with him knowledge of intellectual property rights, and the struggles indigenous communities have had in controlling their own seed stock and protecting essential biodiversity. Alejandro Argumedo of Peru can share how genetic diversity rooted in local traditions bolsters both economic development and cultural identity. And finally, Jim Enote of New Mexico can speak to high altitude farming in our region, and to issues specific to land and water conservation in the Southwest.”

Visiting fellows will engage in interactions within UA, as well as Tucson community organizations and members. The group will address sustainable approaches to food and water rights, security, sovereignty, intellectual property, and social justice in a time of climate change through extended networking.

Mika states, “This is where the real promise of dialogue emerges: in learning how things are done elsewhere in the world, in sharing how things have been done here, and in recognizing the richness of ideas and actions that can emerge when we consider heritage, environment, and traditional and emerging practices. We are particularly thankful to the Haury program for its support of a cohort model of fellows for this November. Haury Fellowship funds are helping bring in four of the world’s top thinkers and doers in food justice and food systems, each from a different part of the world.”

Visiting fellowships are intended to generate new, additional, and/or more profound collaboration among individuals working on social justice and environmental challenges. The grants will cover the fellow’s travel and accommodations in order to bring outside perspectives from different regions to southern Arizona. Haury Program’s funding will provide opportunities to establish and strengthen long-term collaborations among local and visiting researchers.