Green 2.0: Addressing Inequality in the Environmental Sector with Adriane Alicea, Working Wednesdays

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Green 2.0: Addressing Inequality in the Environmental Sector

People of color are the most impacted by environmental problems and the least represented in positions of power. We believe that in the 21st century, the success of environmental causes will be based on our ability to transform them into more just, inclusive, and relevant organizations and movements. This session will explore the work of Green 2.0, highlighting the data and trends that illuminate how big the gaps are and asserting a path forward for change. 

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Adriane Alicea looks into the camera smiling. They have dark brown curly shoulder-length hair and are wearing glasses and red lipstick.

Adriane Alicea is the Deputy Director at Green 2.0. In this role, she leads programmatic efforts driving strategy and coordination of products, programs, and staff. Most recently, she served as Director of Government Relations at MENTOR National, where she advocated for increased investment in youth mentoring and piloted a national training program for young people on advocacy, policy, and grassroots organizing in order to drive social change. https://diversegreen.org/

Affiliated ResearcherDr. Mel Lewis is the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at American Rivers. Previously, Dr. Mel was Associate Professor and Director of the Ecosystems, Sustainability, and Justice Program and Project Director for the Natural Dye Initiative at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). They also co-founded of The Space for Creative Black Imagination: An Interdisciplinary Research and Making Institute and Chaired the Humanistic Studies Department in their time at MICA. Previously, Dr. Mel served as Director of the transdiciplinary Center for Geographies of Justice and Associate Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies at Goucher College. Their roles have also included Associate Professor and Director of Ethnic Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California, Interim Executive director of the National Women’s Studies Association, and DEI Consultant/ Collaborator with The Art of Change Agency, supporting critical voices and creative visions for sustainable practice, structural change, and social transformation within organizations, institutions, and communities. 


PPEH offers a lunch series, Working Wednesdays, designed to showcase in-progress Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) straddling theoretical and practical environmental concerns. These sessions take place on Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 sharp.

All sessions are open to the Penn community but require RSVP. Grab a lunch and join us in person or on Zoom!