Discover Sustainability Symposium


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Bios and Presentation Titles

David M. Boje – presenting “Greening the Curriculum and School of Sustainability”

David M. Boje is a Regents Professor, the Wells Fargo Professorship, Distinguished University Professor, and Bill Daniels Ethics Fellow in Management Department at New Mexico State University. He holds an honorary doctorate from Aalborg University, with a special affiliation to the Material Storytelling Lab.

David’s specialty is storytelling using qualitative methods. He advises people about several types of storytelling research methods, ranging from traditional narrative memory work, to living story emergence, to the new work in ante-narrative and quantum storytelling. Presently he is working on storytelling methodologies that can applied to Sustainability. His dream is that NMSU will develop a School of Sustainability.

Claire Catlett – presenting “Stormwater and Low Impact Design”

Claire has a M.A. in International Development, with a concentration in Sustainable Development and the Environment, and Global Economics from the University of Denver (2011). As the Project Manager for Stream Dynamics, Claire directs grant projects, overseeing grant writing, reporting, monitoring, construction, and other administrative tasks. Claire is a certified Rainwater Harvester with Watershed Management Group.

Claire’s background includes work in Silver City, NM as a staff member of the Gila Resources Information Project for three years, serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), and a Program Associate for the Protect the Gila River Campaign and lead organizer for the Gila River Festival. During this time, Claire has also led the Silver City Watershed Keepers in water quality monitoring on the San Vicente Creek in conjunction with the NM Environment Department. In her spare time, Claire enjoys volunteering on restoration projects with Los Amigos de Valles Caldera, New Mexico Wilderness Association, Wild Earth Guardians, Albuquerque Wildlife Federation, and Sky Island Alliance.

Lisa Grayshield – presenting “We Are All Indigenous People”

Dr. Lisa Grayshield is a member of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.  She earned her PhD in Counseling and Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada Reno.  She started at NMSU in 2006 and received her tenure and promotion in 2012.  Dr. Grayshield’s teaching, research and service is devoted to the promotion of indigenous knowledge as viable and practical ways to understand and address the challenges faced in achieving optimal mental health and well-being.

She has taught, presented, and published on numerous topics of native and indigenous epistemology.  A foundational piece of scholarship she completed along with one of her Comanche doctoral students is entitled “Indigenous Ways of Knowing as a Philosophical Base for the Promotion of Peace and Justice in Counseling Education and Psychology”, this piece was published in the Journal for Social Action in Counseling Psychology (2010), and recently has become the impetus behind a book that she is now authoring entitled “Handbook of Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Counseling Theory, Research and Practice”.

In corroboration with numerous students and colleagues around the country of Native and non-Native descent she has developed an Indigenous Counseling Minor Degree Program with course work that supports an Indigenous and Native worldview.

She has additionally created an annual “Indigenous Ways of Knowing Healing and Botanical Medicines” Conference. April 2016 will be the third annual conference where counseling students and other students in the helping professions are introduced to herbalism and have an opportunity to experience Native American ceremonial practices.

Mary Lucero – presenting “Restoring Food Microbiomes for Food Security and Integrated Health”

Dr. Mary Lucero combines three decades of experience in environmental and agricultural life science research with an economic, social and cultural perspective derived from a heritage spanning centuries among the oldest and most sustained cultures in the America’s. A former USDA scientist, Lucero’s research centered around restoration of microbial communities, “microbiomes” that colonize plants.  These microbiomes are critical for nutrient cycling, detoxification, health, and restoration, not only in the plants themselves, but also in animals. Lucero’s research has been published in peer reviewed journals and in popular science magazines, including Nature, Scientific American, New Scientist, and International Innovation.  Today she applies microbial restoration principles to the most critical challenges facing New Mexico and the world – the challenge of ensuring access to enough safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy population in a changing economy.