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Mariah Hennen is the Outreach Paralegal with Legal Action of Wisconsin's Farmworker Project. As the Outreach Paralegal at the Farmworker Project, Mariah performs extensive outreach to agricultural workers throughout the state of Wisconsin. In addition, Mariah develops legal education materials, conducts community presentations, and supports Farmworker Project attorneys in case management and litigation. Mariah has previous experience working with farmworkers in Michigan, and has in-depth knowledge on a variety of issues and concerns farmworkers may have, including the H2A guestworker program and labor trafficking issues. Mariah has given presentations at the Midwest Stream Forum for Agricultural Worker Health, CORT Migrant Farmworker Law Training, and the Central Michigan University Human Rights Conference.

Mariah graduated from Kalamazoo College with degrees in Anthropology and International and Area Studies, specializing in Latin America. Mariah has lived and done research in Oaxaca, Mexico and is passionate about the intersections of food justice and immigration justice. Mariah firmly believes in the importance of working with migrants on initiatives that support their communities. Mariah is fluent in Spanish. When not working, Mariah enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors. Mariah is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Sara A. Quandt, PhD, is Professor of Epidemiology and Prevention at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She is also Associate Director of the Program in Community Engagement of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and serves as Associate Director of the Center for Worker Health. She received her PhD in anthropology with a minor in human nutrition from Michigan State University. Quandt’s research focuses on health disparities with rural and minority communities, with a concentration on occupational health and safety of immigrant workers. She has directed NIH- and NIOSH-funded CBPR studies with farmworkers and poultry processing workers. She currently directs a study of women and children in farmworker families designed to understand determinants of early childhood obesity, and she participates in the PACE study of pesticides and farmworkers, now in its 18th year. She is the author of over 300 journal articles and 25 book chapters. Quandt’s commitment to health research has been recognized by the National Rural Health Association (Outstanding Rural Health Research Award in 2007), the Washington Association of Practicing Anthropologists (2003 Praxis Award for excellence in applied anthropology), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (2006 National Occupational Research Agenda Innovative Research Award for Worker Health and Safety.

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Rubén O. Martinez is the Director of the nationally renowned Julían Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He is a nationally known scholar with expertise in the areas of higher education, race and ethnic relations, and diversity leadership. His research focuses on leadership and institutional change, education and ethnic minorities, youth development, and environmental justice. He is the editor of the Latinos in the United States book series with Michigan State University Press. He recently co-edited (with David J. Leon) the book, Latino College Presidents: In their own Words, in which selected Latinos and Latinas share personal insights and experiences on their pathways to their presidencies at colleges and universities in the U.S. Rubén Martinez has lectured widely across the country, including presentations at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavior Science at Stanford, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Colorado, and at many professional conferences. He has co-authored the books A Brief History of Cristo Rey Church in Lansing, MI, Chicanos in Higher Education and Diversity Leadership in Higher Education. He also edited the volume Latinos in the Midwest and is currently co-editing a volume on Occupational Health Disparities among Racial and Ethnic Minorities. He has served for many years on various university faculty senates and academic councils, and has made many far-reaching contributions to our nation’s higher education enterprise through his distinguished professional service as President of the Western Social Science Association, as member of the AASCU and ACE leadership institutes, as a consultant-evaluator with higher education accreditation associations, and as a member of the HACU-ETS Policy Fellowship Program. Rubén Martinez is widely recognized for his extensive scholarly achievements, his consulting work in higher education and community research projects, and his participation in high-profile projects sponsored by key entities such as the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Pfizer Foundation, the Anne E. Casey Foundation, and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. He is one of our nation’s leading sociologists of higher education, who is not only a prolific, creative, and influential scholar but also a deep and sophisticated thinker on the most vexing issues facing our communities and institutions of higher learning, including the issues of culture, identity, social justice, excellence, accountability, diversity, and leadership.

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Emily Oake is the Special Populations Coordinator for the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers. Ms. Oake was born and raised in the Phoenix area. She received her BS in Political Science from Arizona State University. She worked in numerous retail management positions in the Phoenix metropolitan area before attending Arizona State University to attain her Master’s of Health Sector Management degree (the equivalent of a Master’s of Healthcare Administration). During the course of her study, she worked as a research assistant for the co-director and founder of the Healthcare Supply Chain Research Consortium and as an intern for St. Luke’s Health Initiatives. This internship was coordinated closely in conjunction with AACHC and looked at the financial impact of eliminating health coverage for certain AHCCCS populations on Community Health Centers. Following completion of her MHSM, Ms. Oake was hired as an intern for AACHC to assist in coordinating the Voter Engagement Campaign, a NACHC project, for the 2012 elections. Following the completion of this project, she was kept on to become the Special Populations and Outreach Coordinator. This position serves as the point of contact for all health centers looking for training and technical assistance for any federally designated special populations. She also collaborates, plans, develops, and coordinates with other organizations in the state to increase resources available to special populations. In addition, she develops and maintains publications and social media presence to use for outreach activities and to increase awareness of issues affecting Arizona’s medically underserved populations.

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