December 2023 Colloquium with Dr. Michael Méndez

Tainted Grapes, Tainted Lungs: Extreme Wildfire Impacts to Undocumented Latina/o and Indigenous Migrants | Lecture by Michael Méndez

tainted grapes


3 to 5 p.m., Dec. 1, 2023

Please join us for this lecture series event, co-sponsored by the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning and the School of Geography, Development & Environment, and presented by Dr. Michael Méndez. This talk will take place in room S107 of the ENR2 Building on Friday, December 1 from 3-5pm as a part of the SGDE Fall 2023 Colloquium Series. All are welcome!

About Michael Méndez 

Michael Mendez

Dr. Méndez is an assistant professor of environmental policy and planning at the University of California, Irvine, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, and Visiting Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (through a National Science Foundation Early Faculty Career Award). He previously was the Pinchot Faculty Fellow in Sustainability Studies at the Yale School of the Environment. Méndez has more than a decade of senior-level experience in the public and private sectors, where he consulted and actively engaged in the policymaking process. This included working for the California State Legislature as a senior consultant, lobbyist, a member of the California State Mining & Geology Board, and as vice chair of the Sacramento City Planning Commission. In 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Dr. Méndez to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. The board regulates water quality in a region of 11 million people.

Header image courtesy Robert Wallace, Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED).