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Monday at a glance...


Kristin Kusanovich | Patricia Gualinga (video) | Autumn Peltier (video) | Daniel Press | Lois Trevino | Itmay Cultural Organization logo |  Shannon Rivers | Gina Chavez | Bryan Altamirano-Gopar | Sofia Sandoval Larco | Mayra Jiménez Ríos |  Pedro-Andrés Sánchez-Gutiérrez





COOKING TODAY                    

The Forge Garden pressents today's cooking challenge: SOURCING INGREDIENTS from LOCAL FARMS. Want to try it?  

COUNTING TODAY                   

SCU Center for Sustainability challenge: Perform a Tree Tracking Activity from where you are right now. 


9:15–9:30  AM            

WELCOME to tUrn WEEK with Kristin Kusanovich, Director of tUrn

Learn about the goals of tUrn, this week's featured headliner guests, and what's new with tUrn Year 2.

Because it is time.

And we must.   

Kristin Kusanovich is a theatre and dance artist, educator, researcher and mother. With the help of hundreds of committed people, and endless advocates living now and who came before us, she manages and imagines a week where we stop what we are normally doing and learn how to make a u-turn. Because our current normal, if you haven't noticed, is making the planet steadily more uninhabitable.

"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones." —John Cage




Video screenings of Indigenous Rights Activists Patricia Gualinga, human rights activist and member of the Kichwa People of Sarayaku, an indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and Autumn Peltier, Anishinaabe-kwe Water Warrior and member of the Wiikwemkoong First Nation of Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Moderated by LEAD Scholars Bryan Altamirano-Gopar (SCU '21), Sofia Sandoval Larco & Gina Chavez.


10 AM–10:30 AM             DEAN'S ADDRESS

WELCOME to tUrn WEEK with Daniel Press, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

DANIEL PRESS began as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University in July 2020. He taught at UC Santa Cruz for 28 years, where he helped establish the Environmental Studies Ph.D., a master’s degree in Coastal Science and Policy, and an Agroecology bachelor’s degree program. Press served as UC Santa Cruz’s executive director of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, raising substantial funds for the program’s facilities and staff. His research is in the area of environmental policy and industrial ecology, and he is the author of three books on US environmental politics and policy. In addition to being Dean, he is also on the faculty of the SCU Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Thank you to these turn partners! This event has concluded.


3:30-4:35 PM                   AFTERNOON KEYNOTE  


Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone) and Louis Trevino (Rumsen Ohlone)

Vincent Medina works to revitalize his culture in a holistic and all-encompassing manner, by learning his language from documentation, connecting with traditional foods and gathering methods, and melding those with the modern identity of his community.

He hopes to see a full revival of Ohlone cultural practices. 

Vincent Medina is East Bay Ohlone and is the Captain of ‘Itmay Cultural Association—an association of Verona Band culture bearers. In 2018, Vincent and Louis Trevino (Rumsen Ohlone) co-founded mak-‘amham, an organization and restaurant focused on reviving and strengthening traditional Ohlone foods and sharing them back with their communities.The menu changes seasonally, and ingredients are gathered by Native people around Ohlone territory. Vincent was born and lives in his family’s indigenous tribal area of Halkin (Southern Oakland/San Leandro/San Lorenzo/Hayward).

We are pleased to offer a more comprehensive biography from Vincent Medina:

My name is VINCENT MEDINA, and I am Ohlone. My community is indigenous to what is commonly called the East Bay. I am the Captain of ‘Itmay, a cultural association composed of Verona Band culture bearers, organized to keep our Chochenyo language and culture strong. Because of my strong and enduring family I grew up aware of my Ohlone identity, and have lived since my birth in my family’s indigenous tribal area of Halkin (San Leandro/Southern Oakland/San Lorenzo/Hayward). I am proudly conscious that all of my direct family, including myself, has been born in our East Bay homeland; the bond to our homeland has been kept alive since ancient times, and it has survived in spite of forces that attempted to separate us from our land. While growing up aware of my identity – there were many aspects of my culture that weren’t practiced in my youth, not because my family didn’t care, quite the contrary, but because our family was severely impacted by three waves of colonization – Spanish, Mexican, and American – each actively working to suppress our culture and identity. In spite of this, my family wouldn’t give up those things that mattered to us, and our old timers shared what they could remember with linguists and anthropologists in the early 1900s. With a firm understanding of where “home” is, I work respectfully with these forms of documentation to better understand our traditional ways and bring them back into the world around me. I work with my elders, my family, my Tribe, my partner, Louis Trevino – who is Rumsen Ohlone – and members of the extended community to strengthen and bring back language, traditional foods, stories, and more. I am a member of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe Language Committee, which strives to strengthen and our Chochenyo language and connect our language back with our tribal community. I serve on the Board of Directors for the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, a statewide organization that works to strengthen and foster California Indian languages. I am a member of Slow Foods Turtle Island, an international organization that works to protect traditional foods for Indigenous people across North America. In order to keep our Ohlone food traditions alive and strong, I am the co-founder of mak-‘amham (our food in the Chochenyo language), an organization that was recently made into a restaurant that works to revive and strengthen traditional, pre-contact Ohlone Indian foods and share those back with our community. We also work to share our traditional foods with the public to elevate consciousness about what true California foods are, and the importance of keeping them alive and relevant in our world today, as well as actively working to dispel stereotypes and misinformation about our Ohlone community. Since August of this year we have opened Cafe Ohlone by mak-‘amham, a space in Berkeley devoted to Ohlone cuisine and culture, giving our Ohlone people a place to see our culture and food reflected in our homeland, while also providing a space for a better understanding of contemporary Ohlone cuisine. Through this process of decolonization and connecting with what is true and unique to our communities, we empower our people with our specific cultural traditions, and honor those old ways and people that we love and care so deeply for. I am proud to be a part of this work. 


Vincent and Louis will be in conversation with Catherine Moore, President of the Native American Coalition of Change.

A joint presentation by College of Arts & Sciences Center for the Arts & Humanities tUrn Project + de Saisset Museum + Office for Diversity and Inclusion + Native American Coalition for Change

Thank you to these turn partners! This event has concluded.

5:00–6:30 PM                  EVENING KEYNOTE  

POVERTY, INEQUALITY, MASS MEDIA & CLIMATE CRISIS: 100 YEARS OF INDIGENOUS OPPRESSION & ACTIVISM with Shannon Rivers, a member of the Akimel O’otham (River People)

Shannon Rivers was born and raised on the Gila River Indian Community located in the southern state of Arizona of the United States. For nearly ten years Mr. Rivers was a delegate and participant at the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City, USA.

A joint presentation by College of Arts & Sciences Center for the Arts & Humanities tUrn Project + de Saisset Museum + Office for Diversity and Inclusion + Native American Coalition for Change. Moderated by Kristin Kusanovich

 SHANNON RIVERS is a member of the Akimel O’otham (River People). born and raised on the Gila River Indian Community located in the southern state of Arizona of the United States. For nearly ten years Mr. Rivers was a delegate and participant at the United Nation Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held at the United Nation (UN) headquarters in New York City, USA. In 2008 Shannon was selected as a Co-chair for the Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus, holding the seat for two consecutive years. 

Currently, Mr. Rivers is Cultural Liaison with the Indian Health Center in San Jose and is a Native American Cultural/Spiritual Leader and advisor to the Indigenous inmate population(s) at the County, State and Federal Prison(s) in Arizona and Central California, providing spiritual and traditional guidance and healing to incarcerated Native men and women. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Northern Arizona University, and a Masters in American Indian Studies from the University of California Los Angeles. Lastly, Shannon is a cultural ambassador for the O’otham Humackam (Peoples Nation) for the four O’otham Nations located in southern Arizona and Northern Mexico.

Thank you to these turn partners! This event has concluded.


7:00–8:00 PM.                SESIÓN EN ESPAÑOL  

EL DERECHO AL AGUA y SANEAMIENTO EN MÉXICO: de lo general a lo local

Activismo climático con CLIMATE REALITY LEADERS Pedro-Andrés Sánchez-Gutiérrez y Mayra Jiménez Ríos

Moderated by LEAD Scholars Bryan Altamirano-Gopar, Gina Chavez y Sofia Sandoval Larco.

This talk will focus on the right to water and sanitation in Mexico, taking a look at the issues at the national level (legislation and government) and moving towards the local level dynamics. It is important to strengthen social entrepreneurship in this area in Mexico. Success stories driven by leadership in communities that have carried out heroic efforts on this matter will be presented. Also, the challenges for the upcoming years, both those particular to this region, but also in general, will be addressed.

Thank you to these turn partners! This event has concluded.

MAYRA JIMÉNEZ RÍOS holds a Bachelor of International Relations from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a Masters in Political Action and CitizenParticipation from the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain. She is currently concluding the Masters in Sustainable Tourism at the University of the Environment in Mexico. A certified Project Manager, she has more than 15 years of experience in socio-environmental issues including: water, urban agriculture, reforestation, sustainable tourism, environmental legislation, environmental education, fundraising, community impact projects, and environmental public policies. She has consulted and coordinated projects in the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City, the Congress and the Senate of Mexico, the Secretariat of Public Education, and the Ayú Foundation. She also works in volunteer reforestation programs in Manos a la Tierra. Currently, she is the Director of Institutional Relations for Pure Earth Mexico.  

Mayra Jiménez Ríos es Licenciada en Relaciones Internacionales por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México y Máster en Acción Política y Participación Ciudadana por la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid, España. Actualmente se encuentra finalizando la Maestría en Turismo Sostenible de la Universidad del Medio Ambiente en México. Gerente de Proyectos certificada, tiene más de 15 años de experiencia en temas socioambientales que incluyen: agua, agricultura urbana, reforestación, turismo sostenible, legislación ambiental, educación ambiental, recaudación de fondos, proyectos de impacto comunitario y políticas públicas ambientales. Ha sido consultora y coordinado proyectos en la Asamblea Legislativa de la Ciudad de México, el Congreso y Senado de México, la Secretaría de Educación Pública y la Fundación Ayú. También trabaja en programas de reforestación voluntaria en Manos a la Tierra. Actualmente, es Directora de Relaciones Institucionales de Pure Earth Mexico.

PEDRO-ANDRÉS SÁnchez-GUTIÉRREZ. M.Sc. with a specialty in Chemical Engineering. He is a student of the Doctorate program in Water Sciences at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla with expertise of 12 years in the public service, both at the education and environmental sectors (federal offices). He has been a presenter/author at the World Water Week (Stockholm, Sweden) in three editions and participates as a volunteer in The Climate Reality Project (; an NGO whose purpose is to provide knowledge and tools to build public awareness of the challenges posed by global climate change. Pedro is also a member of the graduate student chapter of the UNESCO Chair on Hydrometeorological Risks.

Maestro en Ciencias con especialidad en Ingeniería Química. Es estudiante del Doctorado en Ciencias del Agua en la Universidad de las Américas Puebla con experiencia de 12 años en el servicio público (Administración Pública Federal), tanto en el sector educativo como en el sector ambiental. Ha sido ponente (autor) en la Semana Mundial del Agua (Estocolmo, Suecia) en tres ocasiones y participa como voluntario en The Climate Reality Project (, una ONG cuyo fin es brindar conocimientos y herramientas para construir conciencia pública sobre los desafíos que plantea el cambio climático a nivel global. Pedro es miembro del capítulo estudiantil de Cátedra UNESCO en Riesgos Hidrometeorológicos.tedra UNESCO en Riesgos Hidrometeorológicos