Major: Sociology/Environmental Studies (B.S.S.)
Hometown: Windsor, California
Program Position/Job Title: AS Sustainability – Education & Outreach Coordinator
Environmental activists may be a nuisance to the established authorities of the present. However, to the establishment of the future, we will be honored ancestors.
– Captain Paul Watson
How did you first get connected with AS Sustainability?
During my first semester of Chico State I became friends with Molly Marcussen, who was the Compost Coordinator at the time. We were enrolled in a class that was working on a hands-on environmental project, and we connected on our similar passions for sustainability and fostering adaptable, resilient communities. She thought that the job would be a good fit and suggested that I apply. I read the description and felt that it was exactly what I wanted to do!
How would you describe your role as the Outreach Coordinator for AS Sustainability?
My job is to educate the campus community about topics related to sustainability. Whether it’s class talks, planning and facilitating DIY workshops, helping to coordinate campus wide events, or spending time in the Child Development Lab teaching 3-5 year olds what it means to care for the Earth, my job largely involves connecting with others to help bridge the gap between humans and our environment. I also manage a team of interns and help them not only educate the campus community, but navigate their own journey towards being environmentally conscious and living a more sustainable lifestyle.
What does working at AS Sustainability do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Working in this position has taught me invaluable lessons in life that meld into all three of those areas. I have gained confidence in myself, in my ability to be a leader and a mentor, and confidence in the possibility that change is on the table, even in a world that sometimes can look painfully bleak. I have learned how to balance my passive and active traits, and how to look at things with an objective point of view. Constructive criticism, time management, organized planning, these are all right-brained skills that I have learned to foster in this position.
What do YOU bring to the table in your role as AS Sustainability’s Outreach Coordinator?
I care. A lot. I care about our environment. I care about people. I care that we make positive change on this planet during the short amount of time that we’re all here. I want to see people succeed also, and provide lots of support in helping others reach their goals. My nickname is “Mama Julia” and I think that definitely translates over from my personal life into my work life as well.
What are your career plans and how does your role with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
After working in this position, I have recognized my love of community organization and education. I always knew that I would work with sustainability, but wasn’t sure exactly how that would look. I would love to work as a community organizer and have the ability to work on lots of different projects. Going into classrooms and teaching children, providing services for underprivileged families, helping organizations become “greener”, working on food security and healthy diets, planning community events, cleaning up the environment – I want to work on all of these things. In order to do this, I need to use all of the skills that I’m learning in my job right now. Managing interns, planning events, working with finite resources – all of these things will help me be successful as I move on to other ventures in life.