Julie Kallenberger

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Role: Associate Director, Colorado Water Center

How are you connected to CSU Spur?  

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the CSU Spur team to bring the vision of the new Hydro Building to life. I’ve served on the education program committee, assisted with developing a graduate degree program for the Western Water Policy Institute, and recently joined the planning committee for the annual Water in the West Symposium. Together with the rest of the CoWC staff, we are committed to engaging water experts at our main CSU campus with all the opportunities at Spur’s Hydro building.

When did you get involved with Spur and why is it important to you?  

My journey with Spur began in 2015 when CoWC hosted a listening session with campus faculty and staff to hear their ideas for how CSU’s main campus can engage in new and exciting opportunities for research and education that serve our future students. CSU exists to educate and train our students to address the critical and interdisciplinary challenges we face in Colorado and the West, and I feel that Spur offers new ways to meet our responsibilities as a land-grant institution.

What outcomes have you seen or do you expect from work at Spur?  

I hope students and adults alike are inspired by Spur’s state-of-the-art facilities and offerings. Spur will provide collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders, subject matter experts, and communities near and far. CSU is known for its work on complex topics, including water, food, and health, so its integration with Spur makes for a perfect match.

What would you like others to know about Spur?  

Spur is a destination for all ages and backgrounds to invest in a shared connection with our water resources, food, agricultural heritage, and the well-being of our animals. ALL are invited to learn and celebrate with us!

BIDTAH BECKER

Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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