Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit

Announcing our Fall Conference

Hello! We are excited to announce our fall in-person Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit conference, which will be held on October 14-15, 2022 at University of Detroit Mercy. The newly renovated Student Union will be our venue, on the McNichols campus in Detroit. Our 17th annual regional conference is a Pollinators event in partnership with the national Bioneers organization, that is, the Bioneers Collective Heritage Institute (see for more information on them, including great information and wonderful videos from the national conference!)

At this point in the summer we are sending out our call for proposals (due July 10). Please consider sharing your gifts, talents, concerns and energy with us, and suggest a learnshop, tour, or artistic expression (including music) that you would like to share with our community. We also encourage you to organize a panel with up to three speakers. Presenters get free two day registration to attend the conference (includes lunch and snacks).

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University of Detroit Mercy is proud to have recently hosted the Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit (GLBD) conference for the third time. This conference is a National Bioneers Pollinator event. GLBD is part of the National Bioneers Pollinators Network.

The GLBD conference was hosted on Detroit Mercy's campus in 2018 and 2019, but we had to cancel the fall 2020 conference due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, we did hold four one-hour Zoom webinar events in October, 2020; you can watch them on our YouTube channel.

Recent Events

Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference "One Earth Community" DETROIT Promoting a sustainable, racially-equitable, inclusive, community MERCY Build A Boundless Future that fosters life-giving relationships, nurtures connections and celebrates solutions for restoring and healing Earth. October 15-16, 2021

Co-Chairs of the Oct. 15-16 conference were Gail Presbey, director of the Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive and professor of Philosophy (313-993-1124 or and Nicholas Schroeck, director of the Detroit Mercy Law Environmental Law Clinic and professor of law (313-596-9817 or We also thank IHM Sisters Gloria Rivera and Paula Cathcart for their many years of leadership of the GLBD.

Goals of this conference:

  • Tap into the power and richness of Metro Detroit’s diversity
  • Come together as a learning community
  • Commit to new ways of living, acting and thinking
  • Create a synergistic space in which to network with others
  • Nurture a deeper understanding of ‘a sense of place’
  • Welcome each other and work together for the common good

The Mission and Vision of GLBD

The GLBD Mission

Our mission is to promote a sustainable community that fosters life-giving relationships, nurtures connections and celebrates solutions for restoring and healing Earth's communities.

The GLBD Vision

Our vision is expressed in the preamble of the Earth Charter: "… in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms, we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace."

The 16th annual Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference “One Earth Community” is sponsored by

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Past Webinars

Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Webinar Series

  • Oct. 23, 2020 - Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Webinar No.1: Sr. Gloria Rivera, IHM and Dr. Nicholas Schroeck introduce students to the basics of environmental law, and outline key steps that can be taken to preserve the environment. During the session, Jason (8th grade) and Macey (6th grade) Zarate will present on “How Youth Conservationists are Helping to Save the Monarch Butterfly.”
  • Oct. 23, 2020 - Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Webinar No.2: Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Sustainability Victor Carmona gives a presentation on his integrative sustainability initiatives in the College of Engineering and Science at Detroit Mercy and their collaborations with community partners.
  • Oct. 23, 2020 - Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Webinar No.3: Student Voices: Stone Soup for Environmental Justice. Moderator and speaker, Detroit Mercy student Caleb Scheys, joined by Dolores Perales, Joyce Choi, Colin Goodman, Yahir Hernandez, and Dahlia Carmona-Valdivieso.
  • 2020-10-23 Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Webinar No.4: School of Law Associate Dean of Experiential Education Nicholas J. Schroeck speaks on "Environmental Justice, Climate Change, and Public Engagement.

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