Antiracism in the Academy with time and date: Thursday, April 29 at 1 p.m.

The focal point of this seminar will be bringing to light those modes of praxis as tangible tools for implementation that have been shown to be successful in the fight against racism in the academy. This seminar will bring into focus the work that is often advanced by the silent minority, no longer silent, the graduate students active in this space. Sponsored by the Office for Graduate Diversity.

Date & Time: Thursday, April 29th, 2021 at 1 p.m.

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Headshot of Patrick NaranjoPatrick V. Naranjo is a tribal member of the Santa Clara Pueblo and a graduate from Haskell Indian Nations University. He holds an MA degree from UCLA in American Indian Studies with an emphasis on contemporary tribal cultural property protections and is an active tribal member within his community. His intentions are to break the historical barriers that are associated with Native students—so that a new generation can see themselves (fully) succeeding in prestigious institutions of higher education, working on Native-specific research. Patrick started his career in higher education as an assistant OMBUDS and Native Liaison at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where he established a long-term foundation for UNLV’s leadership to collaborate with national, regional, and tribal Indian educational initiatives in the state of Nevada. Prior to arriving at UC Berkeley, he served as the Resource Coordinator for the UNLV Intersection, Academic Multicultural Resource Center. In that role, he was instrumental in developing and implementing campus-wide strategies to enhance the academic outcomes of students and establish strong Native American engagement. One of the projects he is most proud of in the state of Nevada is working on the cultural areas associated with both Gold Butte and Basin & Range Monuments. He is currently at UC Berkeley as the Director of the American Indian Graduate Program.


Headshot of Adam MartinezAdan Martinez is a PhD student in the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His fields of concentration include comparative politics and political behavior. Adan’s research interests include the intersection of ethnic cleavages and the provision of public goods, the urban politics of development, and more broadly, questions of state capacity in Latin America. His current dissertation prospectus aims to explain the role of federal governments in addressing pandemics in Latin America. Prior to his doctoral studies, he served as a Legislative Assistant in the Minnesota State Legislature researching drug policy and criminal justice reforms. Adan earned his BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Macalester College and MA in Political Science from UC Berkeley. Adan was born and raised in Northeast Los Angeles in the neighborhoods of Frogtown/Elysian Valley and Highland Park.

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Aminta Kouyate is a proud Bay native. Born in Oakland, she is dedicated to eradicating the systems of oppression that create the health disparities for marginalized communities. As a medical student in the UCSF-UC Berkeley Joint Medical program, her research is focused on building an anti-racist medical education curriculum. She comes to the JMP after eight years of professional public health experience. She formerly ran the Summer HIV/AIDS Research Program for underrepresented minority students to get into public health and medicine as well as contributed to substance use and food insecurity research. Aminta is dedicated to working towards a fundamental change in the way we practice medicine. She envisions leaving behind a system that separates healing from health and cultivating a new practice learning from community wisdom to center healing, happiness, rest, and justice for all people.

Headshot of Kristen NelsonKristen Nelson is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology and a Teaching Consultant at the GSI Teaching & Resource Center.  Kristen’s dissertation examines implicit racial bias, and much of her work at the GSI Center has focused on how GSIs can respond to microaggressions in the learning environment.  Kristen is also the current Consulting Mentor for the Berkeley Connect program.  In this capacity, Kristen advises Berkeley Connect mentors on inclusive mentoring practices.

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Maia Del Valle Rodriguez is a Ph.D. candidate in English, as well as a student in the Program for Critical Theory. Her research examines the intersection of Critical Indigenous Studies and Critical Race Studies, and her dissertation focuses specifically on the intersection of tribal sovereignty and civil rights in the Civil Rights and Power Movements. She is currently a Diversity and Community Fellow with the Office of Graduate Diversity. As part of an initiative in partnership with the American Indian Graduate Program, she focuses on applying decolonial theory to the academy and envisioning how Berkeley graduate student voices can influence and advance the emerging discourses around sovereignty, climate change, and the land back movement which have characterized the “New Native American Renaissance.”

Headshot of Monique HoseinMonique Hosein completed her MPH (Community Health Education) at San Francisco State in May 2015 with a culminating paper on Institutional Racism and Police Killings of Black Adults, Youth and Children, All Unarmed. Her interests include community-based participatory research and cultural humility as well as the study of racism as a determinant of health. As a Doctor of Public Health candidate she continues to focus on police violence as a public health issue, in particular, policing and the health of Black women employing the intersectional approaches of Critical Race Theory and Black Feminist Thought. Before attending UC Berkeley, Monique worked in San Francisco’s Mission District managing the Teen Clinic and youth program at a community health center primarily serving Latinx communities. Her public health experience ranges from street outreach with a harm reduction/needle exchange program to grant writing and program management. Monique is also a jazz vocalist and balcony gardener. She lives on Huichin land (unceded Lisjan territory) in Albany, California with her husband and their daughter, a delightful third-grader.

Categories: April 2021, Graduate Division Announcements