ESSA Annual Symposium

The ESSA initiative’s annual symposium is open to anyone interested in transforming graduate education

Save the date!

Join our symposium on November 3rd from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Arizona time)

Attend the annual symposium

2023 Agenda

Friday, November 3, 2023 – Walton Center for Planetary Health 509, Tempe campus (map)

All sessions will be available in person in WCPH 509. Select sessions on Zoom (links included).

9:30 – 10 a.m.Bagels and Coffee – Walton Center for Planetary Health
10 – 10:30Welcome
Michele Clark, ESSA Manager, School of Life Sciences

ESSA mission and core values
Nancy Grimm, ESSA Director, Regent’s Professor, School of Life Sciences
Abigail York, ESSA Director, Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change 

Weaving Relations – Immersive experiences and identity-based cohort building 
Melissa Nelson, Weaving Relations PI, Professor, School of Sustainability 
Michelle Hale, Weaving Relations co-PI, Teaching Professor, American Indian Studies 

Zoom link: 
10:30 – 11:45ESSA Scholar Presentations 
Moderator: Michele Clark 

Luke Ramsey-Wiegmann
A Portrait of Urban Salt River Wetlands: Integrating Art, Restoration, and Ecology

Xavier Nokes
Of Place: Place As Material

Valeria Angel and Priscilla Frankson
Navigating Privilege, Place-Based Diets, and Cultural Convergence

Edauri Navarro-Pérez
Roots as my teachers of success, failures, and intersectionality in graduate school

Arshonne Cazares and Zoe Gentry
Living Lands
12 – 1 p.m.Luncheon and Living Lands demonstration
Please register by 10/30 so we can accommodate your meal.
1 – 2Virtual guest speaker, Gwen Bridges
Ethical Space: Roots of Conflict, Indigenous Knowledge and Reconciliation 

2 – 2:30Networking break
2:30 – 4ESSA Scholar Presentations 
Moderator: Michele Clark 

Taína Diaz-Reyes
An Ecology of Indigenous Culinary Culture

Daniel Moses
Research Protocols for Heron Shadow

Ashley Foster
Predicting Taste and Odor Compounds in Phoenix Canals

Alycia de Mesa
The Critical Nature of Indigenous Pre-Research

Xyonane Segovia, Nana Sakyiwa Brown-Wood, Sola Kim
Mutually Enriching Mentorship 
5 – 6 p.m.Informal Happy Hour – Pedal Haus 
Light appetizers provided – please register! 
730 S. Mill Ave., #102, Tempe, AZ 85281