Environmental Studies at UVM

Navah Stein '15

ENVS major in the College of Arts and Sciences, concentrating in Culture, Justice and Sustainable Development, with a double minor in Anthropology and Geography

I grew up near the water in Huntington, Long Island. I chose to come to UVM because of its “urban” feel, but with access to the lake, mountains and fresh air. The gap year I took before coming to college got me settled in myself and ready to delve into studies. It was the best decision I could have made! I am an Environmental Studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences with a double minor in Anthropology and Geography. My concentration in ENVS is Culture, Justice and Sustainable Development. I am completely human-focused within the realm of ENVS.

This is my third semester living in UVM’s environmental co-op, Slade. Slade provides true opportunity to live what I am learning—community, buying, cooking and eating fruits and veggies from local farmers, long-term relationships with alumni and the greater Burlington community. My internship with the Intervale Center and my work with the Association of Africans Living in Vermont this past summer provided me perspective from two very different communities and really put my studies into real life experience. I also do a lot of yoga to maintain my balance within the world of academia. Two courses that have confirmed my interest in my concentration are Development and Applied Anthroplogy and STS: Emergent Communities in a Post Crisis American Society (a students-teaching-students course taught by two fellow UVM students). They are helping prepare me to go abroad this spring 2014 to Jaipur, India, to study sustainable development and social change.

I plan to write a thesis for my ENVS capstone project to help process and expand on my studies and adventures from India. My thesis will probably be around issues of development and urban migration. I hope to stay in Burlington for at least a year after graduating. I want to build on the foundation I have created within this community. I hope to work for a local organization that focuses on the social and political factors of migrants and refugees. Then I hope to road-trip out to Berkeley, California (by car or by bike...there’s time to decide) and work with Urban Adamah, a Jewish urban farm that grows for the purpose of social justice and education.  Who knows what will happen?!

Here we are in front of Slade Hall.