Cohort Fall 2017/Spring 2018

James Gleason

Using Online Resources as a Means to Preserving Acequia Traditions

James Gleason is an undergraduate student at the University of New Mexico and will be attending the graduate program in History at UNM in Fall 2018 where he will focus on the African diaspora and postcolonial identity in transnational and comparative contexts. He is currently helping to develop a website for the SVRAA. His work will include a brief history of the South Valley acequias and a digital archive. His interest in joining CESOSS was informed by his personal background growing up in Albuquerque. James is of mixed heritage- his mother is Chicana and his father is African American. The blend of these two backgrounds has profoundly shaped his worldview and has ignited a curiosity within him to understand as much as he can about the circumstances of his own identity as well as the circumstances of others. 

Alexandria Lyons

Acequias: Placemaking and Sociocultural Spaces

Alexandria is a Master's candidate in Community and Regional Planning, and she has recently applied to the dual Master's in Water Resources at the University of New Mexico. She is a community organizer at heart. She is the vice chair of the SWOP board, an organization that introduced her to social justice issues in New Mexico. She is also a student leader in the Quetzalkuetlachtli UNM student group. She hopes to return to her hometown Los Lunas, NM after school, where she plans to continue organizing around land and water issues. 

Stefany Olivas

Agroecology: School Garden Projects as Models for Resistance and Resilience

Stefany Olivas is a Chicana Chicano Studies and Biology major at UNM. She is a foodie, community organizer, and gardener. Originally from Bernalillo, NM, she has been working for six years with the SouthWest Organizing Project's food justice initiative, Project Feed the Hood. Over time she has built relationships with and learned from thousands of youth, elders, educators, farmers, policy makers, and other community organizers throughout the city and state. 

Alfredo Quiroz

Integrating Art and Acequia Traditions

Alfredo Quiroz is a Mexican Artist, born in Albuquerque, NM. He uses film, photography, music, acting, dance, poetry, as medium of art to create visual experiences that reflect the human nature. He is currently a student at the University of New Mexico working towards his Bachelors in Fine Arts with a major in Studio Art, focused on printmaking and film. He is a music mentor at John Adams Middle School, and a film assistant for Humano Productions, a local film and media company. His passions are Family, Art, Education, Self-Expression, and Community/Friends. This summer he is getting ready to premier a short film in Mexico at a student forum, which he starred in as the main actor. He hopes to keep creating art and new connections with others, to expand his social engagement through art. 

Laramie Sorensen

Our Water: The Lifeblood

Laramie is a student of Environmental Planning and Design. As a former water treatment operator, the use and protection over our water is a passionate subject of his. He desires to continue learning and developing his skills and knowledge to help influence sustainable community development. He is from the Four Corners area of Northern New Mexico and a member of Navajo Nation. Laramie intends to work to protect water and the environment everyhwere. 

Katterine Valencia

Water Resources in the Middle Rio Grande

Katterine A. Valencia-Soria is currently a junior at the University of New Mexico. Katterine is in her second year in the School of Architecture and Planning and is expecting to graduate in the Fall of 2019. Katterine is an immigrant from Michoacan and is a DACAmented student who is passionate about immigrant rights. Katterine was one of the youngest CESOSS interns and has been the first student to be part of three CESOSS cohorts, starting her senior year in high school. She focused her previous research on the immigrant community, but is now shifting her interest to include water resources and water rights.