Commitment Poster Production • The Habitat Lounge
See our exhibit of protest posters and create your own printed poster committing to action
Sharing Our Stories Banner Walls • 2nd Level Lobby
Record your stories, experiences, and emotions on our themed banners
WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS • 9:00 - 9:30 AM • Ballroom
Denise KeeleDenise Keele, Ph. D.
Director, Michigan Climate Action Network
April ClobesApril Clobes
CEO, Oakland University Credit Union
Ora PescovitzPresident Ora Pescovitz
Oakland University
Jeffrey InskoJeffrey Insko
Professor of English and Coordinator of American Studies, Oakland University
Graham CassanoGraham Cassano
Associate Professor of Sociology, Oakland University
KEYNOTE - MIHealthyClimate Plan Update  • 9:30 - 9:50 AM • Ballroom
Cory ConnellyCory Connolly
Climate and Energy Advisor
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)
Regina StrongRegina Strong
Environmental Justice Public Advocate
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)
BREAK • 9:50 - 10:00 AM
PLENARY PANEL - State Legislative Priorities
10:00 - 10:50 AM • Ballroom
Hudson VilleneuveHudson Villenueve - Moderator
Federal Government Affairs Coordinator, Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Abraham AiyashState Representative Abraham Aiyash (D-MI-9)
Majority Floor Leader
Rosemary BayerState Senator Rosemary Bayer (D-MI-13)
Energy & Environment Committee
State Representative Dylan Wegala (D-MI-26)State Representative Dylan Wegela (D-MI-26)
Sen. Sue ShinkState Senator Sue Shink (D-MI-14)
Energy & Environment Committee
BREAK • 10:50 - 11:00 AM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS • 11:00 - 11:50 AM • Please note room location
BREAKOUT SESSION ONE A - Emerging Youth Leaders • 11:00 - 11:50 AM • Ballroom
Liv RollingerLiv Rollinger - Moderator
Climate & Clean Energy Specialist, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities
Lake LiaoLake Liao
Sunrise Movement Troy; Incoming freshman at Princeton University
Anna KavanaughAnna Kavanaugh
Environmental Engineering Junior at Michigan Technological University
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SPROUTS; Environmental Justice Group at Congress of Communities
Richard (RJ) CardRichard (RJ) Card
West Bloomfield High School EARTH Club Diversity Chair
BREAKOUT SESSION ONE B - Shut Down Line 5 • 11:00 - 11:50 AM • Banquet A
Ellis WaltonEllis Walton - Moderator
Associate Attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center
Sean McBrearty Sean McBrearty
Clean Water Action; Campaign Manager, Oil & Water Don't Mix
Beth WallaceBeth Wallace
National Wildlife Federation
Jeffrey InskoJeffrey Insko
Professor of English and Coordinator of American Studies, Oakland University
Kathleen BrosemerKathleen Brosemer
Ph. D. Candidate in Energy and Environmental Policy, Michigan Technological University
BREAKOUT SESSION ONE C - Siting Renewable Energy • 11:00 - 11:50 AM • Banquet B
Bill LatkaBill Latka - Room Moderator
Founder & Chief Storyteller, Storylicious
Peter SinclairPeter Sinclair
Michigan-based videographer specializing in climate change and renewable energy issues
Mike BuzaMike Buza
Chair - Sierra Club: Nepessing Group
Chair - Legislative Committee: Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club
Brendan MillerBrendan Miller
Michigan Field Director, Land and Liberty Coalition
LUNCH - Pick up a catered meal on Main Level • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Mingle with your peers and enjoy a daylong activity like perusing protest posters in The Habitat Lounge!
KEYNOTE - Climate, Health, and Justice • 1:00 - 1:20 PM • Ballroom
Dr. Abdul El-SayedDr. Abdul El-Sayed
Director of the Department of Health, Human, and Veteran Services for Wayne County
BREAK • 1:20 - 1:30 PM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS • 1:30 - 2:20 PM • Please note room location
BREAKOUT SESSION TWO A - Health Impacts and Lived Experience • 1:30 - 2:20 PM • Ballroom
Abdul El-SayedDr. Abdul El-Sayed - Moderator
Director of the Department of Health, Human, and Veteran Services for Wayne County
Lisa DelBuonoLisa DelBuono - Co-Moderator
Executive Director, Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action
Laura Carter-RobinsonLaura Carter Robinson, Psy.D.
Clinical psychologist, Humanity&Planet; Executive Committee, Climate Psychology Alliance of North America
Sue Anne BellSue Anne Bell
University of Michigan School of Nursing
Donna Givens DavidsonDonna Givens Davidson
President and CEO of the Eastside Community Network
Dr. Porsche Fischer, MA, MS, Doctor of Human ServicesDr. Porsche Fischer, MA, MS, Doctor of Human Services

Education and Evaluation Manager, Center for Health & Community Impact, Wayne State University

BREAKOUT SESSION TWO B - Teaching the Climate Crisis • 1:30 - 2:20 PM • Banquet A
Jeffrey InskoJeffrey Insko - Moderator
Professor of English and Coordinator of American Studies, Oakland University
Elena LioubimtsevaElena Lioubimtseva
Professor of Geography and Sustainable Planning, Co-founder and coordinator of Climate Change Education Solutions Network, Grand Valley State University
Eileen BookenstienEileen Boekestein
Environmental Education Coordinator, Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)
Riley JustisRiley Justis
Chief Operating Officer, Take Action Global
Jen TianenJennifer Tianen (McQuillan)
English Teacher and Founder of the West Bloomfield High School Literary Garden
Brian DeyoBrian Deyo
Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Grand Valley State University
BREAKOUT SESSION TWO C - Social Change through Storytelling • 1:30 - 2:20 PM • Banquet B
Karen (Kabie) SteinKaren (Kabie) Stein - Interactive Workshop Facilitator
Creative Director & Producer, Here:Say Storytelling
Learn how to tell your own story to inspire change, incite empathy, and motivate action.
BREAK • 2:20 - 2:30 PM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS • 2:30 - 3:20 PM • Please note room location
BREAKOUT SESSION THREE A - Oakland County Climate Action • 2:30 - 3:20 PM • Ballroom
Tina CatronTina Catron - Moderator
Michigan Field Consultant, EDF Action
Erin QuetellErin Quetell
Chief Environmental Sustainability Officer, Oakland County Office of Sustainability
Andrew SarpolisAndrew Sarpolis
Senior Field Organizer, Sierra Club, and Turn Oakland County Green
Analicia HazelbyAnalicia Hazelby
Chapter Leader, Greater Detroit Chapter Citizens Climate Lobby
Kimathi BootheKimathi Booth
Climate Justice Co-Chair, North Oakland Branch of the NAACP
Woody GontinaWoody Gontina
Vice Chair, Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board
BREAKOUT SESSION THREE B - Students Driving University Action • 2:30 - 3:20 PM • Banquet A
Brendan Mortensen-SeguinBrendan Mortensen-Seguin - Moderator
MiCAN intern and rising junior at Western Michigan University
Alison MartinAlison Martin
Student at Western Michigan University; Director of Sustainability for the Western Michigan Student Association
Aaeshah SiddiquiAaeshah Siddiqui
Social Work student at Oakland University; Organizer for Public Citizen
Taryn IndishTaryn Indish
Student at Northwestern Michigan College; Northern Michigan Regional Organizer for Michigan League of Conservation Voters
BREAKOUT SESSION THREE C - Creating Your Cipher • 2:30 - 3:20 PM • Banquet B
Dominique CampbellDominique Campbell Interactive Workshop Facilitator
Musician & Cultural Organizer
Discover how to tap into your own creativity to mobilize a movement through cultural and community organizing.
BREAK • 3:20 - 3:30 PM
PLENARY PANEL - Energy Justice • 3:30 - 4:15 PM • Ballroom
Ellen VialEllen Vial Moderator
Engagement & Coalitions Manager, Michigan Environmental Council
Michelle JonesMichelle Jones
Kamau ClarkKamau Clark
Southeast MI Lead Organizer, We The People
Rafael MojicaRafael Mojica
Program Director, Soulardarity
CLOSING PLENARY - Intersectional Climate Justice • 4:15 - 5:00 PM • Ballroom
Victoria StewartVictoria Stewart - Moderator
Director of Advocacy and Outreach, Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Marnese JacksonMarnese Jackson
Co-Director, Community Engagement & Equity, Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition
April LindalaApril Lindala, Ph. D.
Professor and Director (2007-2019), Center for Native American Studies, Northern Michigan University
Terra BielbyTerra Bielby
Legislative Aide to Alabas Farhat
Monica Lewis-PatrickMonica Lewis-Patrick
President & CEO, We The People of Detroit
NETWORKING RECEPTION in Banquet A/B • 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Hear a couple of closing remarks and enjoy light fare, libations, and good vibrations with a 30-minute set by the incomparable DJ Nique Love Rhodes.

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Oakland University Credit Union

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Community Pillars

Bay Books MI
Brewery Vivant
Environmental Defense Action Fund
5 Lakes Energy
Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Oil & Water Don't Mix
The Stewardship Network

Nonprofit Partners

Citizens' Climate Lobby, Michigan
The Cleanup Club
Climate Psychology Alliance
Climate Stick Project
Eastside Community Network
Geography and Sustainable Planning, Grand Valley State University
Greenfield Presbyterian Church Climate Action Now Team
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities
Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition
Make Food Not Waste
Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action
Michigan Environmental Council
Michigan Saves
Mirrors for Earth's Energy Rebalancing
MOMS Clean Air Force
National Wildlife Federation
Porter Family Foundation
Reroot Pontiac
Rosedale Fun Litter Pickup Club
Sierra Club

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