Major: Social Science Specialization (Environmental Studies and Geography)
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Program Position/Job Title: Education and Outreach Coordinator
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How did you first get connected with AS Sustainability ?
I filled out an internship application my first semester at Chico after I saw AS Sustainability on campus and fell in love with their program!
How would you describe your role as the education and outreach coordinator?
My job is to be a connection between AS Sustainability and the student body. I lead educational campaigns to better engage students with the reality of the climate crisis and host events as opportunities for students to get more involved in the sustainability movement. I also host school wide celebratory events like Campus Sustainability Day, which is to highlight the sustainable efforts made by our campus community, and Earth Day which celebrates our connection to the natural world. At the end of the day, It’s about empowering students to use their voice for positive change and encouraging them to take sustainable action!
What does working for AS Sustainability do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Personally, AS Sustainability has given me a platform to share the ideas of sustainability and connect with and support people who normally might not get involved. Professionally, I am getting great experience as an organizer and a leader and I am learning the most effective ways to make action happen. Academically, I feel like I am learning some of the real world applications of my studies as a social scientist and geographer!
What do YOU bring to the table in your role as an Education and Outreach Coordinator?
I am a social science major and I have always been really interested in people power and in our connection to the planet. I hope I am able to channel this into jobs by looking at the social aspect of sustainability. Climate change worsens a lot of social inequity issues and I want to highlight that because we need marginalized communities to be able to defend their own futures and be included in the conversation of sustainability. What I really want to do with this job is strengthen our sense of community in Chico and create a sense of solidarity about taking action to protect our public lands and resources.
What are your career plans and how does your role with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
I am gaining a lot of good experience in being an organizer. Learning what works and what doesn’t when it comes to mobilizing people and building a successful team. I think that type of experience would be helpful to any career but in my own goals of working in the fields of community organizing and resource management, I definitely feel that I am moving ahead.