Tuesday Opening Keynote
Duwamish Tribal Council Member
Duwamish River Community Coalition Leader
James (He/Him) is a founding member of DRCC/TAG, having represented the Duwamish Tribe on the organization’s Advisory Council for 10 years before joining the staff as Executive Director/Coordinator in 2011. He served as a member of the Duwamish Tribal Council for 26 years, and as the founding Director of the Duwamish Tribe's Longhouse and Cultural Center. Rasmussen has been an active voice in environmental, habitat, and community issues along the Duwamish River and in the Seattle region for over 30 years. Rasmussen has played a fundamental role in the EPA’s formation of the Duwamish Superfund Roundtable, which will inform the next phase of the Cleanup.
Tuesday Opening Panel
What are you Doing to Improve D or E or I or J?
AWRA aims to build a more inclusive culture that reflects disciplinary, human, and geographic diversity. This panel aims to spark meaningful conversation on challenges and barriers some groups face in the water resources management discipline. The panelists will discuss ways employers, organizations, and individuals can remove those barriers and implement practices to ensure an equitable workplace, academia, and allocation of water resources. Furthermore, we will discuss the role of DEIJ advocates and the specific ways advocates can advocate for change.
Moderator: Sean M. Watts, SM Watts Consulting, LLC. Panelists: Victor Griego, Water Education for Latino Leaders; Sally Gutierrez, Center for Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response, Environmental Protection Agency; ChiHo Sham, Eastern Research Group, Inc.; Sharon B. Megdal, Water Resources Research Center, The University of Arizona
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