Miriam Magaña Lopez

Miriam Magaña Lopez is a Research and Policy Analyst with the Othering & Belonging Institute's Network for Transformative Change.


She is a first-generation immigrant from Jalisco, Mexico. Miriam has a BA in Anthropology from Macalester College and an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Her work has primarily focused on understanding how economic, political and social structures impact the health of immigrants. Recently, she led a podcast and written case series that investigated the utilization of the bridging to belonging frameworks across the country and developed accessible resources that can be utilized for educational purposes.

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Learning Lab: Bridging to Build Power: What does bridging look like in the real world?
What does bridging look like in the real world? What does bridging have to do with movement building or with building power? Hear from leaders about bridging communities and movements to find connections and belonging. Designed for: Community organizers, educators, culture makers, movement leaders Lab registration is open to conference participants only. After registering for the conference, you will receive a link to register for the Labs. Scholarships are available.
Different Histories, Parallel Stories: Black and Native People Bridging for Climate Justice
Since the colonization of what is now known as the United States, Black and Native people have had parallel experiences of violence and oppression, and have been in each other's lives in different ways. While some Native groups provided sanctuary to formerly enslaved Africans, others made a lucrative business returning runaway enslaved people. While some Africans helped Natives, other Africans played a significant role in battles against Native Americans. Today a group of Black and Native advocacy leaders and culture-bearers recognize the importance of working together to address climate...