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November 7, 2022
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The Dirt: Speaking of Good Things

The University of Arizona and its partner, Planet Forward, are thrilled to welcome their inaugural participants of the Indigenous Correspondents Program. The program is named for the Biiluuke (Crow) word, “illíiaitchik,” meaning “to speak good things.”
The 12 undergraduate and graduate student correspondents, who represent 10 tribes and seven U.S. universities, will spend 10 months building space and developing confidence in sharing their communities' stories. Entirely led by Indigenous mentors, the program offers the students one-on-one feedback from Indigenous writers, journalists, and media producers.
The correspondents will use storytelling traditions to bring awareness to Indigenous communities, amplifying their modern existence, centering traditional knowledge, showcasing cultural resilience, and focusing on solutions. Illíiaitchik is an initiative of Planet Forward at George Washington University, which teaches, celebrates, and rewards environmental storytelling by student journalists, and is supported by AIRES’ Educational Initiatives and Indigenous Resilience Center

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars, and don't forget to register!

Tuesday, November 8

USDA Summer Internship Info Session
Learn about the Natural Resources Career Development Program and opportunities!

5:30PM              On Zoom. RSVP here.

Thursday, November 10

Water Resources Research Center Webinar
Hear from Ph.D. candidates talking about water research, insights, affairs and so much more!

12:00PM             On Zoom. Register here.

Sunday, November 13

Climate and the Economy
Professor Derek Lemoine will talk about how climate change affects the economy and economic approaches to combat it. More info>>

2:00PM             DesertView Theater
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Environment in the News

Graduates listen to speakers at the convocation ceremony for Native American Student Affairs on May 6. (Chris Richards/University Communications)

UArizona celebrates tribal communities and students during Native American Heritage Month

By Andy Ober | University Communications | November 2, 2022
The university has strengthened its commitment to the Native American community over the last year through efforts such as the Native Scholars Grant program and Native FORGE. Read more>>

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Cochise County Water Factsheet Now Available

The Cochise County Water Factsheet is now available! As the third installment in the Water Resources Research Center’s Arizona Water Factsheet series, the factsheets offer a wide-ranging yet concise overview of county water resources information for a general audience. The Cochise County Water Factsheet covers topics such as the county’s water supply and demand, unique water management challenges and opportunities, and a look at the future of water in Cochise County. Follow the series and read about water in each county on our dedicated Arizona Water Factsheet website.

COVID, Climate Change, and Preparedness

Please join the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions for this full-day November 18, 2022 workshop addressing lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic that can be applied in managing future extreme climate-driven events. Join public health and health practitioners and climate experts in identifying strategies and solutions to inform public health, climate preparedness, and resilience.

Save the Date! Loft Screening: Native Voices in Film

Celebrate Native American Month with Native Voices in Film on November 20 from 2:00–7:00PM. The Indigenous Resilience Center, the University of Arizona Native American Law Students Association, and Loft Cinema's Indigenous Film Committee are sponsoring a day of free films, vendors, and community gatherings. All are welcome at this free event!


Campus Sustainability Fund Annual Grants

The Campus Sustainability Fund is pleased to announce that their Preliminary Annual Grant Application will open November 14, 2022 and close January 15, 2023. All students, staff, and faculty are invited to submit proposals that advance environmental and social sustainability on campus. Annual Grants will award between $5,000–$100,000. All applicants must attend a virtual office hour meeting with the committee prior to submitting their Preliminary Application. Learn more and begin your application today!

Paid Internships for Students

The AIRES Resilience Internships and Student Experiences (RISE) Program has paid internship opportunities for students! Visit the RISE website to view the opportunities starting in Spring 2023.

President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Consider mentoring a postdoc! In 2021, the University of Arizona joined a collaborative partnership with the University of California to offer postdoctoral fellowship opportunities in all fields at the University of Arizona, coupled with faculty mentoring, professional development, and academic networking opportunities. Learn more >>

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Land Acknowledgement
We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.  
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