Published: April 9, 2019

Integrative Biology Associate Professor Greg Cronin (with Miguel Sague, is a Taino spiritual Leader and author) is co-organizing a special session at the International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment (IICE) to be held June 11-14 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The session “Decolonization: Healing the Spirit, Mind, and Land” will acknowledge harms perpetrated on Indigenous People and Land by five centuries of exploitative settler colonization, build solidarity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, and begin to heal the Spirit, Mind, and Land through a respectful promotion of Indigenous spirituality, knowledge, and agroecological practices. A central goal of the decolonization session is to unite Tainos and Haitians to indigenize environmental education and agroecological practices in Haiti. Cronin has worked in Haiti since 2010, and documented the negative impacts that racism played in Haiti’s ecosystems, and for his research/scholarly/creative activities and teaching at CU Denver, during his presentation at 2018 IICE.