The Promise of Full Participation: Resilience and Responsibility for Racial and Environmental Justice

Conference Registration

March 17, 2021, times below:
9:00 AM-12:00 PM Hawaii Aleutian
12:00 – 3:00 PM Pacific
1:00 – 4:00 PM Mountain
2:00 – 5:00 PM Central
3:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern
(please remember Daylight Savings on Sunday March 14)

On March 17, 2021 the Western Campus Compact will host its Continuums of Service as a one-day virtual re-envision conference focused on resilience and responsibility for racial and environmental justice, two components of the systemic injustice that result in the unkept promise of full and equitable participation in education, employment, health care and environmental quality. Continuums of Service is part of a two-part series of virtual conferences, the second of which being the Midwest Campus Compact Conference on May 25.

Dr. Tom Romero II

Conference participants, students, community partners, national service members, veterans, faculty, staff, and administrators, will explore how to partner in renewing the promise of full participation in higher education, a flourishing democracy, and productive, meaningful and gainful careers. In keeping these promises, we will support the development of student, community and campus resilience by achieving and defining a civic consensus on our collective boundary-spanning responsibilities for racial and environmental justice. We are excited to feature the University of Denver’s Dr. Tom Romero II as our keynote. Dr. Romero’s remarks will be followed by a panel conversation with administrators, faculty, students and colleagues from across the western U.S.

Our goals for the conference are to:

    • Accentuate and expand knowledge and understanding for amelioration and mitigation;
    • Share tactics and strategies for building intra-and inter-campus relationships and practices for individual and community resilience;
    • Identify campus and community collaborations and partnerships to redefine power, privilege and position;
    • Demonstrate and strengthen the connection between community engagement and grass-roots action;
    • Provide examples of how conference participants can confront racial injustice, climate resilience, and the decline of democracy in their own work.
    • Inspire and mobilize actions that measurably improve the quality of life for all, fulfilling the promise; and
    • Energize a regional community of civic engagement scholars and practitioners committed to challenge racial and environmental injustices.

Conference Speakers:

Carmen Brewton Dennison

Carmen Brewton Denison is a writer, educator, artist, and activist who resides in Portland, Oregon. She serves as the Executive Director at racial justice and educational equity-focused non-profit organization, Campus Compact of Oregon. In this role, she supports the development and implementation of racial justice programming in partnership with 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, K-12 schools, government, and nonprofit entities across the state of Oregon. She also coordinates, designs, and facilitates Campus Compact community accountability and collaboration and institutional equity initiatives with campus and community partners across the country. Beginning her career as a visual artist, Denison’s early work drew heavily upon histories of social intervention, anti-colonial and anti-racist pedagogy, and Black Feminist critique. Carmen will faciliate the panel discussion.

Dr. Karla Bird

Dr. Karla Bird is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet nation and president of Blackfeet Community College. Dr. Bird has a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Montana, and researched educational persistence among American Indian students attending post secondary education. The intent of this research was to use an Indigenous research orientation to view students as sources of strength and resiliency, with tools and assets that help them persist and reach success in academe. Success for Indigenous students involves the ability to maintain their own cultural identity while also meeting high academic standards, in order to make a valuable contribution to society. Dr. Bird is proud to serve the Blackfeet Community College alongside so many highly esteemed staff, faculty, board members and the tribal council with a focus on student persistence and success. I truly believe that a students’ sense of belonging and purpose at BCC can translate into retention and graduation.


Kwaslmut sen ne sna’. Che Xwlemi Sen. Kw-Che Nexw Xwlemi Tengexw. Che Ch-choo-sen. “My name is Kwaslmut. My english name is Sadie Olsen. I am from Lummi. I am from the territory of the Lummi people. I am from the land of the Lummi people.” Sadie is interested in revitalizing Indigenous Wisdom; specifically in the class of language revitalization, and she enjoys exploring the connection between decolonizing, relationship building, place-based learning in her ancestral homelands. Sadie is co-founder of the Native-led nonprofit, Whiteswan Environmental (WE). WE addresses root causes of trauma for Indigenous peoples and Nature.  Here is the link to our website co-founder page, and she encourages people to look through the home page, and elder advisory board.



Tristen Orosco

Tristen Orosco (she/hers) is Payómkawish from Southern California. She is a mom, birth doula, placenta specialist, and midwifery student. She is a strong advocate for informed consent and birth choices. Her studies has led her down the path to explore birth and reproductive disparities affecting Indigenous communities today.





Dr. Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio

Dr. Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio is Dean of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Dr. Osorio received his PhD in History from the University of Hawaiʻi. At Kamakakūokalani, he has developed and taught classes in history, literature, law as culture, music as historical texts, and research methodologies for and from indigenous peoples. His recent publications include The Value of Hawaiʻi: Knowing the Past and Shaping the Future, which he co-edited and authored, and Dismembering Lāhui: A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887. He is also a composer and singer and has been a Hawaiian music recording artist since 1975.


Dr. Robin Saha

Dr. Robin Saha is an associate professor of Environmental Studies and Climate Change Studies at the University of Montana. He has an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & the Environment (now the School of Environment and Sustainability). Professor Saha is a leading environmental justice (EJ) scholar-activist and co-author of Toxic Wastes and Race and Twenty, a follow-up to a landmark report Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States, which helped launch the EJ movement. He is nationally-recognized for his community-engaged teaching, research and service, including using community-based participatory research and collaborating with tribes and rural communities in Montana on environmental and climate justice issues. He also conducts technical reviews for environmental justice advocacy organizations, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and tribes in the U.S, most recently for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Conference co-hosts: Kapi’olani Community College, Chaminade University of Honolulu, the University of Hawai‘i and Hawai’i Pacific Islands, California, Oregon, Washington and Montana Campus Compacts.

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