Friday Forum: Environmental Changes and Indigenous Peoples: The Interconnectedness of Land Loss, Shared Cultural Experiences, and Trauma

Event details

  • October 27, 2017
  • 12:00 pm
  • 1001 S. Wright St. Champaign, IL 61820
  • 2173371500

Speaker: Dr. Shanondora Billiot, School of Social Work, University of Illinois

Indigenous peoples’ relationship with land is spiritual, cultural, and place-specific. Interruption of that relationship, or the ability to interact with land, and discrimination are contemporary forms of trauma. Shared cultural experiences from one tribal community are shared. We will discuss how subsistence communities, like indigenous communities, are impacted by environmental changes and local adaptation activities that you can do in your community.

About the Speaker:

Shanondora Billiot (United Houma Nation) has a PhD in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.  She holds a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Michigan and both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Louisiana State University. Prior to entering graduate school, Dr. Billiot had 10+ years of experience working in the field from crisis intervention and post-disaster grassroots community development to implementing and analyzing federal and international health and mental health policies. Her current research uses mixed methods to explore indigenous-specific factors, like connection to land, historical trauma and discrimination, and their relationship to global environmental change exposure and health outcomes among a sample of her tribal community currently located along the Gulf Coast of southeast Louisiana.

About the Series: Building a Better Environmental Movement – Fall 2017

This fall, we are pleased to partner with the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations’ Diversity and Social Justice Education unit (DiversityEd) and the Student Sustainability Committee to host a series that explores the intersections of the environment and social justice. Our Fall 2017 Friday Forum series on environmental issues and solutions, ranging from climate change and policy to active transportation and agriculture, seeks to elevate sustainability issues on campus and in our communities and deepen our understanding of environmental justice.
 
This series was made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners: Diversity and Social Justice Education and the Student Sustainability Committee
 
Additional Fall 2017 Friday Forum Lecture Series support provided by:
 
Channing Murray Foundation, Chapel of Saint John the Divine Episcopal Church, Faith in Place, First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana, LGBT Resource Center, League of Women Voters Champaign County, McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation, Native American House, Social Action Committee of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign, Wesley Foundation at the University of Illinois, Wesley United Methodist Church, U of I School of Social Work, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, Funding provided BY THE STUDENT CULTURAL PROGRAMMING FEE