Bethany Richter, I-ART Facilitator
Bethany is a native of Austin, Texas. The second of six children, Bethany enjoyed a childhood growing up on a fruit farm and exploring forests. Bethany attended Trinity University and received a B.A. in Speech Communications and Urban Studies in 2009. While in her undergraduate studies, Bethany spent a summer in Kolkata, India where she worked community organizing with sex-workers. From this experience, Bethany became passionate about organizing for community transformation particularly around issues of political and environmental injustice. She is currently a student in Sustainable Communities, focusing her studies around Environmental Racism, Overpopulation and Reproductive Freedom and Immigration.
Andrew Zacarius, I-ART Facilitator
“Both being of Mexican descent and having read a fair amount about immigration within the Sociology department, I thought the Immigration Action Research Team would simply be another group that I am a part of. Since joining this student organization, I have been proven very wrong. Working with our community organizations has allowed me to do something that I have never done before, work directly with immigrants and learn their stories. It is the effect of these stories on myself and other students that have inspired me to not only learn Spanish but to remain involved in the I-ART. If you seek inspiration, please join us in being a part of the voiceless finding their voices.”
Chase Buttice, I-ART Facilitator
Chase was born in California and has grown up in 3 different states. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in History with a minor in Religious Studies. She is a first year graduate student at Northern Arizona University studying Sustainable Communities. Chase has traveled throughout the US and abroad, and speaks Moroccan Arabic having lived in Morocco for over 2 years. She sees the everyday struggle of those that are undocumented in Arizona and believes in nothing less than equality, respect, and the right for everyone to live, love, and work wherever they please. Chase feels that the immigration ART is a critical piece in the action-research of NAU undergraduate students. She believes the topic of immigration to be highly pertinent to all discussions surrounding social justice within Arizona and a critical aspect of the ARTs here at NAU.
David Porinchok, I-ART Facilitator
(dp) was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Good Friday 1980, the youngest of 6 kids. Currently, he is a graduate student at Northern Arizona University in the MA Program in Sustainable Communities (SUS). In 2004, dp migrated to Flagstaff, Arizona to attended NAU, graduating in 2008 with a BS in Political. Since 2008, dp has been part of Repeal Coalition, fighting for the freedom of all people to live, love, and work anywhere they please. In addition to freedom struggles of migrants, he is involved with organizing a New Economy in Northern Arizona, focusing on developing worker owned enterprises with cultures of cooperation, participation, and democracy. These two causes intersect, and it is the intersections that most appeal to him. When not involved in political struggle or community work, dp enjoys drinking beer and talking politics and fútbol, biking, hiking, trail running, being outside, and keepin’ it real.
Favorite quote: “What is the most damage I can do, given my biography, abilities, and commitments, to the racial order and rule of capital?” – Joel Olson
Stormy Scott, Teaching Assistant
Hesham Elnagar, I-ART Facilitator Emeritus
Katherine Yelle, I-ART Facilitator Emeritus
Community Partners: Repeal Coalition, No Más Muertes, MEChA, NAICL