Janet Xochicuicatl Valenzuela is a Chicana Eco-feminist and studies in California State University Northridge, she is studying Chicano/a Studies with a minor in Decolonial Anthropology. She’s an environmental justice organizer in the city of Los Angeles and a project assistant with Good Heart Project: Chicano/a Native Sciences education that is relevant to conservation and recreational uses by creating an after school program that is for students in the 3rd grade and their families to advance their learning in math and science subjects by having the environment and their culture as the foundation to the curriculum. This is through a partnership between California State University Northridge and Elementary schools in the community to learn about the outdoors and improve their access to green spaces. Among this work, we have a field trip with the families to acknowledge them for engaging with the conservation movement in the Angeles National Forest and working with the Forest Service to build on having more relevance for people of color and people living in urban areas. Is currently an Intern for the United States Forest Service as a Field Ranger in the Angeles National Forest, and completed the San Gabriel Mountains Forever Leadership academy with the support of the Wilderness Society and through all this networking for a better vision for access to the great outdoors for her “Going green is going Native.”
Janet was selected to participate in SHIFT’s Emerging Leaders Program in 2016.
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