SAVE THE DATE: The Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL) 11th Annual Statewide Conference will be held from Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1, 2023, at the Aritel Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Van Nuys, CA!
Can you answer your residents’ water-related questions? California’s drought conditions are becoming the new normal. The drought impacts our water quality, the economy, public health, and residents. This is why local elected officials need to understand the water challenges we are facing and the impacts on your community. Join us to expand your water knowledge and help provide water solutions for your community.
We are looking for a new Deputy Director to join our team! Are you ready to play a role in tackling the water crisis in California? The Deputy Director position is an empowering and challenging opportunity for a highly motivated candidate. Please share this opportunity with your network and any potential candidates.
To learn more about this position visit our careers page.
The WELL UnTapped Fellowship is a selective, six-month program for local elected leaders aimed at helping participants make an impact on California water policy while addressing individual community water challenges. The UnTapped program creates an opportunity for local leaders to engage with water issues by exploring California’s water history and governance, infrastructure, finance, and the impact of climate change on water supply and quality. This education is taught through the lens of the human right to water, with eyes on diversity, equity, and inclusion within the water sector.
After a competitive application process, we have selected 18 local leaders in California to embark on the UnTapped Fellowship program. This class comes from all areas of the state, yet they are united by their passion for water knowledge and for supporting their communities.
WELL has partnered with AAPI UnTapped Fellowship graduates and local elected officials to plan, organize, and recruit for the WELL – AAPI UnTapped Fellowship Program with the aim of educating local AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) elected officials, providing a foundation of water knowledge in order to help them be better prepared to tackle California’s water crisis. Through interviews and statewide watershed visits, fellows will have a deeper understanding of the impacts of today’s water challenges on their constituents and hear forward-thinking solutions designed by other California leaders. Through this fellowship, AAPI elected officials will enhance their water knowledge and leadership skills, allowing them to take more effective action on water policy issues and assist in solving the state’s increasing water challenges.
WELL UnTapped Network (WUN) Retreat 2022
On November 17 – 18, WELL hosted its second WELL UnTapped Network (WUN) retreat in Burbank, California. The retreat brought together the four graduating cohorts for a weekend to continue their water education and leadership development. Also in attendance were WELL Boardmemers Diana Mahmud and Miguel Luna, and President and Founder Victor Griego.
Professor Eric Shockman welcomed the group at Woodbury University. The WELLos then participated in team-building exercises and a workshop to practice their WELL Method of Inquiry (MOI). The MOI training included an interview with guest Rick Cole. On day two, the Council for Watershed Health gave the WELLos a tour of Elmer Avenue, a neighborhood water retrofit demonstration project. Finally, the retreat ended with a bonding activity, singing De Colores. A special thank you to Woodbury University for hosting the group on day one, and the Council for Watershed Health for giving the WELLos a tour of Elmer Avenue!
Thank you to our Associate Members, AARP of California, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Valley Water, and The Water Replenishment District of Southern California! To learn more about the WELL Associate Membership and how to join, please review our Associate Membership page.