Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Celebration of National Young Women's Day of Action

Erika González, co-director of People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her Resources (PODER)

Wed, October 21, 2009 | Texas Union, Santa Rita Room (3.502)

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

As co-director of PODER, Erika González, coordinates all youth-related activities and is co-coordinator of PODER's Nahui Ollin Healthy Communities project and other projects around transportation and juvenile justice. PODER works to reorganize environmental issues as social and economic justice issues and empower communities through education, advocacy, and action. The group also increases the participation of communities of color in corporate and government decision making.

González is a board member of the Highlander Research and Education Center and is a core group member of the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice's Youth Leadership Development Campaign.  She also teaches theatre at an elementary afterschool program and co-facilitates poetry workshops at Johnston High School through Red Salmon Arts, Save Our Youth Program (SOY). She has a B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology from St. Edward's University through the College Assistance Migrant Program and is also a poet and a flautist.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, or if you need accommodations, please call 232-1831 or email

Sponsored by: The Gender and Sexuality Center; the Center for Mexican American Studies; the Center for Women's and Gender Studies; and the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies

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