Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and an independent educator in American Indian environmental policy and other issues. Gilio-Whitaker is the author of two books, including the award-winning As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock. She is currently under contract with Beacon Press for a new book with the working title, Illegitimate Nation: Privilege, Race, and Accountability in the U.S. Settler State.
At CSUSM, Gilio-Whitaker teaches courses on environmentalism and American Indians, traditional ecological knowledge, religion and philosophy, Native women’s activism, American Indians and sports, and decolonization. She also works in the critical sports studies field, examining the intersections of indigeneity and the sport of surfing, and is an award-winning journalist. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, including Indian Country Today, the Los Angeles Times, High Country News, Time.com, Slate, Truthout, CSPAN Booktalk, and The Boston Globe.
This virtual talk is the second in the Racial Justice Initiative’s fall 2021 speaker series. Created by President Melvin L. Oliver, Pitzer College’s Racial Justice Initiative aims to address the underlying causes of injustice, inequity, and racial violence. The Racial Justice Initiative Speaker Series is part of the College’s efforts to infuse racial justice throughout Pitzer’s academic and campus life while examining the College’s own policies and practices and exploring how Pitzer can be a broader agent of change.