Biography: 
Charlotte Maria Sáenz works towards social change through the ongoing co-creation of more nourishing educational processes, seeking to re-connect collective knowledges and ecologies. This means working across disciplines and divisions of different kinds, including those between arts and sciences, as well as between diverse geographies. Thus, she divides her time between Mexico and the Bay Area, teaching critical pedagogy in an alternative Bachelor Completion Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Her research at EcoSur (Colegio de la Frontera Sur) in Chiapas, studies how the Zapatista movement engages global civil society in a mutual teaching and learning process that involves generations forward and back. She works on building transnational local solidarity through popular co-education initiatives between food producers, activist scholars, and organizers across these territories. Her over-arching interest in critical liberatory practices include the knowledges and social/ecological movements involved in sustainable food production, alternative media, and feminisms from below.