Keynote Speakers

Dr. Monica White, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Monica M. White teaches courses in environmental justice, urban agriculture and community food systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the first African American woman to earn tenure in both the College of Agricultural Life Sciences and the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Her research investigates communities of color and grassroots organizations engaged in the development of sustainable, community food systems as a strategy to respond to issues of hunger and food inaccessibility. She has presented widely on these subjects, from University of Western Cape in South Africa to UC Berkeley to the Detroit Public Library. She is the author of Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement (UNC Press, January 2019).


Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, Pastor at New Roots AME Church, Faith Fellow, Green Justice Coalition    

Video of Closing Keynote  Speech Available Here

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond is an advocate for ecological & social justice, youth engagement, and Spirit-filled organizing. As former director of Project HIP-HOP (Highways Into the Past- History, Organizing and Power), she used the arts as a tool to raise awareness for social issues from juvenile incarceration to funding for public transportation. Rev. Mariama has received numerous awards including the Barr Fellowship, the Celtics Heroes Among Us, The Roxbury Founders Day Award and the Boston NAACP Image award. Rev. Mariama is very committed to engaging the faith community, and particularly Black church on climate change and ecological justice issues. Rev. Mariama serves on both local and national boards and committees like the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, Union Capital Boston and Clean Water Action.

She is also involved with a number of other organizations in Boston, including the South End/Lower Roxbury Youthworkers Alliance. She received a certificate in youth work through the B.E.S.T. Initiative Youth Worker Training and a certificate in trauma response from the Children’s Trauma Recovery Foundation. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the Boston University School of Theology.