The Conservation Movement: Incorporating the Latinx Community in Conservation Decisions Regarding Forests, National Parks, and Wildlife

Lecture | April 27 | 11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, Auditorium

 Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), House Natural Resources Committee; Linda Escalante, Southern California Legislative Director, NRDC

 College of Natural Resources

Conservation Leader Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) of the House Natural Resources Committee will be in conversation with Linda Escalante, Southern California Legislative Director, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva currently serves as the U.S. Representative for Arizona's 3rd congressional district, serving since 2003. He was elected Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee by his Democratic colleagues on the committee. He also serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and is a Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, as well as a long-standing member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Grijalva is working to reform our immigration system, ensure livable wages for American workers, and create vital land protections to safeguard our nation's natural treasures for the next generation.

Since becoming Ranking Member in January 2015, Chairman Grijalva has focused on diversifying the environmental movement beyond traditional activist groups, holding a number of Capitol Hill roundtables with women’s groups, Latino organizations, Native American tribes and other communities traditionally underrepresented in environmental decision-making. He continues to lead an effort supported by multiple tribes to establish the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument, which would protect the Grand Canyon watershed and sacred Native American historical and cultural sites.

Moderated by Linda Escalante, a renowned environmental expert in the U.S-based Spanish language—empowering and mobilizing Latinos to engage in advocacy and activism around environmental and health issues. She has been bestowed the Latina Magazine New Generation Award and named among PODER Magazine’s 100 U.S. Green Latino Leaders. Escalante, who is also passionate about civil, immigrant, and women’s rights, has served as a board member of a worker wellness and healthcare access organization. Escalante was appointed to the California Coastal Commission as an alternate commissioner in 2018.

The event is free and open to the public. If you do plan on attending, please RSVP using the link below or at This event is part of the Second Annual Latinxs and the Environment Summit. For more information on attending the all-day summit visit

  RSVP online or by calling Kassie Darling at 510-642-4902, or by emailing Kassie Darling at by April 18, 510-642-4902