Indigenous Co-Innovation at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (Co-InFEWS)

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A series of collaborative workshops that is free and open to the public, online format.
Goal: Expanding educational and career opportunities for Indigenous
students through research in Food, Energy, and Water Systems

Past workshops include:

Third Workshop: Friday, November 13th, 2020
Indigenous Pathways to FEWS in Higher Education & Beyond

 Second Workshop: Friday, September 25th, 2020

Tribal College-University Partnerships in Co-InFEWS

First Workshop: Monday, June 15th – Friday, June 19th, 2020
Shared Challenges, Shared Understanding and Shared Solutions
for Food, Energy, and Water Systems

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The Co-InFEWS workshop, which was originally to take place at Diné College on the Navajo Nation’s reservation, transitioned to a virtual format.

Insufficient access to energy, water, and food infrastructure plagues the majority of Indigenous peoples worldwide, and climate change is exacerbating these challenges. While STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) interventions can yield important contributions towards sustainability of Indigenous groups, the development of these technologies too often does not consider Indigenous concerns, knowledge and values. Research has shown that participatory and culturally sensitive approaches are critical to effective and long-lasting impact on community conditions. The goal of this workshop is to articulate guidelines for researchers, students, community members and other stakeholders in participatory co-design and system thinking with Native American communities in the U.S. and Indigenous communities world-wide.

Join us to learn how institutions of higher education can collaborate with Indigenous communities on innovations at the nexus of food, energy, and water systems. The workshop provides a forum for cross-pollination of best practices, challenges and achievements. It provides the foundation for establishing a collaborative inter-institutional network for participatory innovations in FEW projects with Indigenous communities and an articulation of training guidelines for participatory action research and design methodologies.

The workshop is organized by UC Berkeley, University of Arizona, University of South Florida and Diné College. Funded by NSF #1633740. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link and code.

The CoInFEWS workshop was originally to take place at Diné College on the Navajo Nation over four days. However, due to the circumstances under COVID-19, the shelter-in-place conditions, and the particularly negative impact that COVID-19 has had on the Navajo Nation, we have transitioned the CoInFEWS workshop in two ways: (1) launch the workshop, initially online over a week, to be then continued with focused activities, over the summer and (2) include resiliency to COVID-19 as an urgent topic area, in addition to Food, Energy, and Water Systems. The website is being updated with the latest information about the program. For more information about the impact of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation, please refer to the Navajo Department of Health Website.
National Science FoundationThis material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DGE-1633740. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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Host and Fellow Responsibilities

Host Organizations

  • Identify staff supervisor to manage I&E Climate Action Fellow
  • Submit fellowship description and tasks
  • Engage in the matching process
  • Mentor and advise students
  • Communicate with Berkeley program director and give feedback on the program.

Berkeley Program Director​

  • Communicate with host organizations, students, and other university departments to ensure smooth program operations

Student Fellows

  • Complete application and cohort activities
  • Communicate with staff and host organizations
  • Successfully complete assignments from host organization during summer practicum
  • Summarize and report summer experience activities post-fellowship