FLORIDALMA BOJ LOPEZ
Floridalma is Maya K’iche’ and traces her family’s migration from Quetzaltenango (Xela), to Guatemala City and South Central Los Angeles. She is currently a doctoral candidate in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and member of the Marina Pando Social Justice Research Collaborative. She shared at the 2016-17 Green Ambassadors Institute how educators and students can engage in relevant community-based research to inform youth-led environmental action.
DR. ERIC STRAUSS
Eric Strauss is a Professor of Biology and Executive Director of the Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) at Loyola Marymount University. He presented “Engaging Global Science Issues at the Hyperlocal Level: Your School as a Living Laboratory” at the 2016-17 Green Ambassadors Institute. Urban ecology is the study of the built environment and how organisms interact with it, change it, and adapt to it. Research is a powerful tool to engage students in the real-world environmental issues children care about. Students can “do” real science and develop data and tools that can be used to change their world. Hear a few examples and learn some tools that you can use in your own classroom.