Aleks Liou, Ph.D. (they/them) is a community organizer, educator, and researcher focused on working alongside youth activists to better understand how relationships of solidarity are built across generational lines.
Currently, they lead the new Youth Action for the Planet (YAP) program at the California Academy of Sciences, an environmental action hub for climate driven youth that connects young people with the resources, mentorship, and platform to drive climate action and solutions.
YAP for youth, by youth and led by a 14-person youth Leadership Design Council (ages 13-18), who imagine, plan, and execute programming for their peers about climate change and biodiversity loss.
Dr. Liou graduated from Dartmouth College in 2013, received their Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2017, and earned their Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2022.
Dr Aleks Liou will be speaking at the Green Museums Summit 2024 :
For youth, by youth: Holding space for youth-led change in museum work
In an era defined by climate change and environmental challenges, museums play a pivotal role in fostering change and shaping perspectives. In this session, advocates for the integration of youth-led initiatives within museum spaces will learn how to engage youth, communities, and colleagues in the development youth-centered programming at their institutions. Drawing from extensive research on intergenerational solidarity and the empowerment of youth change makers, this session aims to inspire museum educators to create environments that amplify the voices of the next generation.