In this webinar on Thursday, March 10 at 5pm, Dr. Jessica Hernandez, an Indigenous environmental scientist, explains why Western conservation practices are not working and offers alternatives of Indigenous models that center the voices of Latin American women and land protectors through case studies, personal stories, and family histories.

Dr. Hernandez is a transnational Indigenous scholar, scientist, and community advocate based in the Pacific Northwest. She has an interdisciplinary academic background ranging from marine sciences to forestry. Her work is grounded in her Indigenous cultures and ways of knowing. She advocates for climate, energy, and environmental justice through her scientific and community work and strongly believes that Indigenous sciences can heal our Indigenous lands. In 2020, she became the first alumni from her high school in South Central Los Angeles to receive a doctoral degree. She is the founder of Piña Soul, SPC, an environmental consulting & artesanias hybrid business that supports Black & Indigenous-led conservation and environmental projects through community mutual aids and micro-grants.