Seeking Justice in Arizona

Fall Lecture Series

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Bringing an Arizona perspective to national issues of justice

The Seeking Justice in Arizona Fall Lecture Series, now in its 16th year, brings in experts from our local communities to discuss critical national issues in an Arizona context. Each lecture is followed by a question and answer period and time to interact with the speaker informally. Admission is free and open to the public. 

All talks will take place via Zoom and livestream via YouTube.

Seeking Justice in AZ

Thursday, September 17
Co-creating Healing & Agency: DACA, Undocumented, and Youth Leadership
Reyna Montoya
Founder & CEO, Aliento
Watch Youtube Livestream 

 If you missed this first lecture, you can watch it here. 

Thursday, October 8
Se Puede? On The Front Lines of Arizona's Labor Movement
Marisela Mares
Labor Organizer, Aramark

If you missed this lecture, you can watch it here

Thursday, November 12
Systemic Changes for Arizonans with Disabilities
Meaghan K. Kramer
Staff Attorney, Arizona Center for Disability Law

If you missed this lecture, you can watch it here

Wednesday, December 2
When Black Lives Matter in Arizona
Miriam Araya
Policy Minister, Black Lives Matter Phoenix Metro
Watch Youtube Livestream

Note: We regret to inform that the fourth lecture series with Miriam Araya has been cancelled. Thank you for your collaboration and understanding.


Your gift to the Seeking Justice in Arizona Lecture Series Fund allows us to bring in social justice experts from local communities to discuss critical national issues in an Arizona context.

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Past Lecturers

Fall 2019

  • Janelle Wood, Black Mothers Forum
    "And How Are All the Children? Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments"
  • Rob Chevaleau, "How I Learned to ‘Organize, Agitate, Educate’"
    AZ Trans Youth Parent Organization (AZTYPO)
  • Gina Mendez, “Organizing Youth Organizers to Take Action”
    Living United for Change in Arizona - LUCHA

Fall 2018

  • Sharon J. Kirsch, Director of Research, Save Our Schools Arizona
    Dawn Penich-Thacker, Director of Communications, Save Our Schools Arizona
  • Anabel Maldonado, Lead Organizer, #Demand2Learn, ACLU-AZ
  • Jamie Horowitz, Outreach Director, March for Our Lives-AZ
    Dawn Motley, Communications Co-Director and College Operations Co-Director, March for Our Lives-AZ
    Samia Muraweh, Outreach Director and East Valley Lead, March for Our Lives-AZ

Fall 2017

  • Chandra Crudup, Lecturer/Faculty Associate Coordinator, ASU School of Social Work, and Faculty Fellow, ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy
  • Celia Robidoux, Program Manager, AmeriCorps-AZ
  • Elizabeth Pérez, Community Organizer 

Fall 2016

  • Rebecca Gau, Executive Director, Stand for Children
  • Sue Ellen Allen, Co-founder, Gina’s Team
  • Raquel Teran, Arizona State Director, Mi Familia Vota

Fall 2015

  • Danny Hernandez, Education & Policy Coordinator, GLSEN
  • Jennifer Longdon, Speaker, Writer, and Policy Advocate
  • Julie Erfle, Executive Director, ProgressNow Arizona

Fall 2014

  • Jeremy Zegas, Project Director, Why Marriage Matters Arizona
  • Jodi Liggett, Director of Public Policy, Planned Parenthood Arizona
  • David Garcia, Associate Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU and Director, Arizona Education Policy Initiative

Fall 2013

  • Lourdes Vasquez and Brian Vasquez, filmmakers and co­-founders of the non­profit Embracing Humanity
  • Sam Wercinski, Executive Director, Arizona Advocacy Network
  • Lawrence Robinson, Assistant Professor, Phoenix College of Law and Roosevelt School

Fall 2012

  • Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez, Senior Field Correspondent, KJZZ's Changing America Desk
  • Randall Amster, Executive Director, Peace and Justice Association; Professor, Prescott College
  • Randy Parraz, Community Organizer and Social Entrepreneur

Fall 2011

  • David C. Tierney, Partner, Sacks Tierney P.A.
  • Robin Reineke, NSF Foundation Fellow in Cultural Anthropology, University of Arizona
  • Rebecca Tsosie, Professor and Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar, ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Fall 2010

  • Lattie Coor, ASU President Emeritus, Ernest W. McFarland Arizona Heritage Chair in Leadership and Public Policy and professor in the School of Public Affairs; chairman and CEO, Center for the Future of Arizona
  • Alessandra Soler Meetze, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona
  • Kimber Lanning, Executive Director, Local First Arizona District Governing Board member

Fall 2009

  • Dana Wolfe Naimark, President/CEO Children's Action Alliance
  • James P. Walsh, Pinal County Attorney
  • Eddie Sissons, Executive Director, Arizona Foundation for Behavioral Health

Fall 2008

  • Steve Brittle, President, Don't Waste Arizona, Inc.
  • John Foreman, Arizona Assistant Attorney General, retired Maricopa County Superior Court judge
  • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona House of Representatives, District #15

Fall 2007

  • Anne Ronan, Staff Attorney, Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest
  • Bill Straus, Regional Director, Anti­Defamation League
  • Alfredo Gutierrez, Immigrant Rights Activist and Former Arizona State Legislator

Fall 2006

  • Hon. Scott Bales, Justice, Arizona Supreme Court
  • Roxanna C. Bacon, Managing Director, Littler Global immigration law firm
  • Louisa Stark, Executive Director of Community Housing Partnership

Fall 2005

  • Ellen Katz, Litigation Director of the William Morris Institute for Justice
  • Daniel Ortega, partner in the law firm Roush, McCracken, Guerrero, Miller and Ortega
  • Barbara Broderick, Acting chief of the juvenile Probation Department for Maricopa County
  • Larry Hammond, lawyer at Osborn Maledon, P.A