Dominique David-Chavez

Native Nations Institute & Colorado State University

Dominique David-Chavez is a National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow working with the Native Nations Institute at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at University of Arizona and Colorado State University’s Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship. Her research contributions include an ongoing study on Indigenous data and research governance in environmental policy and decision-making, developing methods for community-based climate research and resilience in the Caribbean, and supporting pathways for decolonizing environmental sciences. Dr. David-Chavez draws from her experiences as a multi-cultural Caribbean Indigenous (Arawak Taíno) research scientist, mentor, learner, and mother in her scholarship and practice. In doing so, she holds an intergenerational commitment towards supporting culturally grounded community members, including youth, elders, educators, and farmers as researchers, restoring pathways for knowledge regeneration with the original stewards of Indigenous knowledge systems and lands in which they are embedded

Dominique is speaking at

October 9, 2019
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Grand Ballroom, CSU's Lory Student Center


  • Susan Moran (Emcee) co-host of How On Earth science show, KGNU radio station
  • Josh Zaffos (Emcee) High Country News/ Colorado State University and Conference Co-Chair
  • Joel Berger (Speaker) Professor and Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Wildlife Conservation, Department of FWC Biology, Colorado State University; Senior Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society; and Author, “Extreme Conservation: Life at the Edges of the World” and “The Better to Eat You With: Fear in the Animal World”
  • Autumn Bernhardt (Speaker) Lecturer, Colorado State University
  • Dominique David-Chavez (Speaker) Native Nations Institute & Colorado State University
  • Camille Dungy (Speaker) English Department
  • Kathleen Galvin (Speaker) Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Director of the Africa Center, Colorado State University
  • Bobby Magill (Speaker) Reporter, Bloomberg Environment, and SEJ President
  • Rick Miranda (Speaker) Provost and Executive Vice President, Colorado State University
  • Cary Morin (Musician) Guitar Picker, Performer and Crow Tribal Member
  • Diana Wall (Speaker) University Distinguished Professor, Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability and Professor, Department of Biology, Colorado State University


The bar opens early, so grab a drink and mingle. Chat with colleagues and network with sources. Browse the creations of Colorado artists and learn about groundbreaking research on environmental issues at a scientists' poster session. Elected officials, renowned scientists, Native American leaders and distinguished writers will share welcoming remarks and brief presentations to introduce you to Colorado and the conference. A state known for its towering mountains, rivers and a booming recreation economy, Colorado is a leader in renewable energy development and climate action. At the same time, the state has welcomed and benefited economically from an oil and gas boom, and it is now grappling with how to balance these seemingly conflicting ideals and goals.

Colorado is also home to pioneering national labs and research institutions. Tonight you’ll learn how research by Colorado scientists spans the globe — from the Far North to the South Pole — in both geographic reach and impact.

3:45-5:30 p.m.   Meet & Greet, open bar
5:30-6:00 p.m.   Close bar, move bar, set up cash bar
6:00-7:00 p.m.   Poster session, cash bar, light hors d'oeuvres
7:00-8:15 p.m.   Program and cash bar

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