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