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Green & Gold Speaker Series

The Green & Gold Speaker Series was created to reflect the ideas expressed in our campus Inclusive Excellence Statement which emphasizes our shared commitment to...

"work collaboratively upon principles of cultural humility and respect for all to create an atmosphere in which a sense of belonging within our community can flourish."

Focus on Justice

The Green & Gold theme for 2022-23 is Focus on Justice. Our focus is on justice as notions of fairness & inclusion between individuals in society, equal access to resources and opportunity. We will explore topics surrounding the increasing of equity, diversity & social privileges, and expanding human rights for all.

We are excited to bring to you a slate of dynamic speakers who will lead us in the exploration of our theme, Focus on Justice. Our topics include disability justice, tribal justice, reparatory justice, and environmental justice.

Tribal Justice

On Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 from noon to 1 p.m., we welcome Chief Tribal Judges Abby Abinanti and Victorio Shaw to the Green & Gold Speaker series. This virtual panel discussion moderated by our own Sac State Native American Studies faculty will focus on Tribal sovereignty, Tribal courts, and their approaches to achieving Tribal Justice and positively influencing the CA State judicial system.

chief-judge-abby-abinanti.jpgChief Judge Abby Abinanti is an enrolled member of the Yurok tribe and first California Tribal woman to be admitted to the California bar. Judge Abinanti has many distinguished accomplishments, including establishing her own private practice, legal director and director of Lesbians of Color Project’s National Center for Lesbian Rights, and serving as directing attorney for California Indian Legal Services. Since 2007, she has served as Chief Judge of the Yurok Tribal Court where she has been instrumental in developing the Yurok Children's Code, the Yurok Family Code, and the Judicial Ordinances.

victorio-shaw.pngChief Judge Victorio Shaw is an Indian Child Welfare Act specialist who also works for the protection of Indian children at the Indian Child and Family Preservation Program. He is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and is a descendant of Karuk, Yurok and Apache Mescalero people. As the longest tenured member on the Board of Trustees of California Indian Legal Services (C.I.L.S.), he has helped many families preserve and create healthy family structures for their children, provided services directly to families and individuals, as well as to continue focusing on traditional tribal representation.

Learn more about tribal justice!

Reparatory Justice

Coming spring semester...

Environmental Justice

Coming spring semester...

Disability Justice

habengirma_headshotamll.pngHaben Girma
Haben Girma returned to Sac State as the first featured speaker for the 2022-23 Green & Gold series on September 12, 2022. As the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities in higher education and beyond. Haben has received global accolades and many honors such as White House Champion of Change, the Helen Keller Achievement Award, and the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for her disability justice work.

Her best-selling book, Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law, is this year's One Book.

Learn more about disability justice!

Green & Gold Speaker Archive

Explore our archive of past Green & Gold Speaker Series featured guests.