Community Environmental Engagement Coordinator
Keller Science Action Center
As the Community Environmental Engagement Coordinator, Aasia Castañeda is a trained anthropologist with a background in graphic design. She comes from a community organizing background, leading cultural bridge building work with the Chiapas Media Project, Street Level Youth Media, and other community arts and cultural organizations in Chicago.
At the Museum, through the Roots & Routes Initiative, she builds relationships with communities connecting them to Chicago’s south lakefront, an area that is in process of a habitat enhancement, the Burnham Wildlife Corridor (BWC). Part of a team of anthropologists and community organizations she co-develops, culturally relevant, nature programs that are centered on stewardship, community-designed gathering spaces and youth leadership development. Her works also supports the use of tools in the Chicago Community Climate Action toolkit.
Aasia is a born and raised Chicagoan. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and was active member of the Mexican Students de Aztlan.