What Do An Iconic Social Justice Leader and a UC Santa Cruz Sophomore Have in Common?

Dolores Huerta is an American labor leader, civil rights activist, and leading voice in the women’s and environmental movements. She co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became United Farm Workers (UFW). Additionally, she founded and currently serves as the President and a full-time volunteer for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, where the next generations of leaders are working across the state and nation.

Maxine Jimenez is a sophomore at UC Santa Cruz double majoring in Politics and Community Studies. She works with the NorthEast Los Angeles Alliance to address the issue of gentrification and is a member of the Alliance for Climate Education Action Fellowship, through which she created the School Alliance Committee in her local neighborhood council to connect her school with the surrounding community.

What do they have in common? They represent women who are leading their generation’s fight for environmental justice. 

Both were recognized at the 7th annual Women In Green Forum for being environmental trailblazers – one representing a lifetime of advocacy and the other the future of sustainability leadership. At an award ceremony in Los Angeles during the 2016 Forum, Huerta was presented with the Women In Green Forum Trailblazer Award and the Care2 Impact Award and Jimenez was presented with the Women In Green Forum Youth Trailblazer Award. 

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The ceremony was part of a day-long event that brought together corporate executives, nonprofit leaders, technology developers, academic researchers, and environmental professionals to highlight women’s impact on the sustainability industry. The program incorporated keynotes, panels, and interactive workshops around the theme “Business as (Un)Usual: Where Purpose Meets Profit.” In addition to featuring sessions about sustainability in business, throughout the day attendees had the opportunity to hear from presenters in “Work,” “Life,” and “Balance” themed breakout rooms that helped them build networking and professional skills, personal environmental consciousness, and mind and body wellness. 

The Forum also provided a space for aspiring sustainability leaders to gain valuable insights and connections in the environmental arena through its Youth Leadership Program. 

The event’s award luncheon emphasized the Forum’s mission to highlight the work of lifetime environmentalists and to recognize and inspire the next generation. After being presented with the Women In Green Forum Youth Trailblazer Award, Jimenez gave an address about the environmental impact of gentrification and the importance of the youth voice in conversations about climate change. Her wisdom beyond her years and obvious passion left all in attendance confident that the environmental industry of the future will be in very capable hands.

Huerta closed the ceremony after accepting the Women In Green Forum Trailblazer Award and Care2 Impact Award. The iconic activist demonstrated her gift for organizing as she gave energizing and inspiring remarks detailing the most pressing environmental issues of our day. In her conclusion, she led the room in chanting “¡Si se puede!” – reminding all in attendance that together we can accomplish anything.

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Marie W.
Marie W2 years ago

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

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Janet B.
Janet B2 years ago

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Teresa Antela2 years ago

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Carole R.
Carole R2 years ago

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Janis K.
Janis K2 years ago

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Janis K.
Janis K2 years ago

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Elaine W.
Past Member 2 years ago

Yes, everyone is entitled to clean air and water that is not polluted for profit.

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Robert E.
Robert T2 years ago

These people are what gives this world hope!

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Wendi M.
Wendi M2 years ago

TYFS

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