Niria Alicia is a Xicana storyteller, scholar and organizer whose activism and advocacy work is rooted in her spirituality and undying love for her community and for the environment.
Born to Cilviana, a migrant farmworker from Michoacan, and Francisco, a former northwest tree planter from Chihuahua Mexico, she is the second of four children. A first-generation student, Niria graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Cum Laude honors from the University of Oregon with B.A’s in Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies and a minor in Non-profit Administration. Her research focused on women-led grassroots environmental and social justice movements in the U.S. and Latin America. As an undergraduate she was a part of MEChA, NASU, and co-directed the Raza Unida Youth Conference and the Coalition Against Environmental Racism.
Niria has traveled, studied and worked in Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Costa Rica participating in social justice delegations, teaching, translating, conducting research, and running student programs building aqueducts, grey water treatment systems and contributing to reforestation efforts. As a writer she has contributed to several environmental blogs, local newspapers and magazines and has written about the effects that pesticides, pipelines and climate change have on marginalized communities. Following up her communications internship with Earthjustice she continues to work with them on their Endangered Salmon Campaign. She is also currently working with the Winnemem Wintu tribe and a coalition of indigenous leaders and activists on the Run 4 Salmon campaign aimed to bring awareness about policies affecting our waters, our fish and indigenous lifeways.