Eiswerth, a resident of Tucson since 1992, worked as a research geologist specializing in GeoSpatial Information Technologies with the US Geological Survey. After ten years working extensively with technology transfer in Latin America, she pursued a career as an environmental scientist working at the Office of Arid Lands, Arizona Remote Sensing Center. Her work included projects in East and West Africa. In 2003, after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, Eiswerth founded a community based organization, which soon focused on UN refugees. The programs have evolved from harvesting a few thousand pounds of fruit to an annual harvest of over 50 tons of fruit, nuts, and vegetables from backyards, local farms and orchards. Barbara serves on the state Linking Edible Arizona Forests (LEAF) steering committee, heads the UALEAF project, and is an adjunct at the University of Arizona in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.
UALEAF & Post Harvest Intern
Emily grew up in Phoenix and came to Tucson in 2014 to study at the University of Arizona, double-majoring in Geography and Linguistics with a French minor. She likes to garden and find delicious ways to cook locally-grown and wild desert plants, which first sparked her interest in saving food from waste. In Spring 2016, Emily joined Iskashitaa's UA partner, Linking Edible Arizona Forests (LEAF). She appreciates the opportunity to share in the exchange of food and language traditions while coordinating harvests and food workshops on campus.
Özlem Ayşe Özgür
Media & Development Coordinator
Özlem Ayşe Özgür is a filmmaker, multi-media artist, curator and educator working in video, installation, printing and painting. Her work has been shown in venues including the 2015 Frozen Film Festival in San Francisco, and has been invited for the Boston Biennial in 2016, and her documentary Home Is In The Heart won a Best Shorts Competition Award. Her work is in numerous private and public collections, including the Southern Graphics Council Permanent Collection and the University of Colorado Special Collection. She taught refugee youth filmmaking techniques through the Owl and Panther program of the Hopi Foundation in 2015-2016. Currently Özlem is teaching Ethics and Political Philosophy at Pima Community College. She is also teaching Studio Arts and Graduate Thesis Mentorship at the South West University of Visual Arts. Özlem's art studio is located at the Steinfeld Warehouse Community Arts Center where she exhibits her art.
At Iskashitaa Refugee Network she is the Media and Development Coordinator. She posts organizes our social media traffic, organizes fund raising events, writes grants. She designed our website and produced short films to promote Iskashitaa. Currently she is working on a documentary film to tell Iskashitaa's story to the public. She is also curating the 'X is for Xenophobia" exhibit which will open in February in 2017 at the Steinfeld Warehouse Community Arts Center.
Özlem earned a BFA in studio arts and a BA in philosophy from the University of Arizona, a MA in philosophy from Stanford, and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. In political philosophy she has published on equality, distribution, and human rights. You can read her essay on human rights in the edited volume: 'Kantian Theory and Human Rights' published by Routledge, 2014.
Global Health/ FWS Research Intern
Juanita Zadroga grew up an indigenous Mazahua town in Central Mexico where every year the monarch butterflies go to overwinter. She studied accounting at the Mexican South Technological University and proceeded to work in the private and public sectors, managing corporate portfolios, developing small businesses and incubating community projects. Passionate about promoting sustainability, healthy communities and with support and encouragement from her family, friends and community members, she developed the Mexican non-profit Rancho Alegre Sustentable to promote basic education through garden and conservation activities. In 2013, she moved to Tucson, AZ, and began taking English classes. She then completed a degree in English-Spanish Translation and Interpretation at Pima Community College. Her love for public speaking and experiences as an immigrant, gave her a special voice to help women, refugees and other immigrants. She served as a keynote speaker at both the 2014 Literacy Connects fundraising event and the 2015 Women’s Foundation awards ceremony. In August of 2016, she transferred to the University of Arizona to pursue a major in Global Health and Development, with a minor degree in Public Health. She was introduced to Iskashitaa’s wonderful work through friends and begins an internship and research project on carbon footprinting in December, 2016. In her free time, Juanita loves to dance, cook innovative recipes with local produce, and go hiking on Mount Lemon with her naturalist American husband, Frank. Grateful for being surrounded in Tucson by wonderful people from all over the world, Juanita looks forward to, through Iskashitaa, helping immigrants seeking healthy eating habits and supporting the Tucson community in its quest for food security and more sustainable lifestyles.
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