Brower Youth Awards

Karina Gonzalez

Flagstaff, AZ

Leading inclusive divestment efforts in Arizona

Karina Gonzalez is one of three student leaders for Fossil Free Northern Arizona University, a student run campaign pushing the university to divest from the top 200 coal, oil, and natural gas corporations by 2017. Gonsalez coordinates all key negotiations with the university president, leads on-campus recruitment efforts, and provides canvassing training. She also manages campaign media relations, and has leveraged campaign successes for national media coverage, including a segment on Democracy Now!

The FFNAU campaign is currently the only divestment campaign in Arizona, and is unique for its commitment to building meaningful partnerships with non-campus communities. Gonsalez has helped foster this commitment through her work with the Black Mesa Water Coalition, an Indigenous environmental organization in Flagstaff. FFNAU is currently working with the coalition to push her university to invest in sustainability projects on the Navajo Nation. In addition to her role on campus, Karina coordinates a United Nations youth delegate leadership program.