Meet Some of Our Multicultural Scholars, Fellows and Students of Color
A USDA Multiculural Fellow, Nathaly Agosto Filión earned her M.S. in the Ecological Planning curriculum. Nathaly also holds a B.S. in Natural Resources and a B.M. in Vocal Music Performance from UVM. As an undergraduate, she led diversity initiatives on campus. Nathaly's graduate project, "Preparing and Adapting to Climate Change in Rural Dominican Republic: An Assessment of Community Preparedness for Lake Enriquillo Flooding," enabled her to return to her birth country to work at the community-level on climate change and disaster preparedness. She is currently a program officer on the U.S. Climate and Environment program team at the Institute for Sustainable Communities in Montpelier, Vermont.
Joshua Carrera spent the first years of his life in Ecuador and returned to New York City, where he was born, to attend school. Through the High School for Environmental Studies in New York City, he discovered RSENR. Through service-learning courses and programs in conservation and sustainability in Costa Rica, Brazil, and Ecuador, Joshua was able to reconnect with his roots and bring environmental knowledge to Ecuador. He is now attending graduate school at Colorado State University and pursuing a Master of Science degree in Conservation Leadership.
Pooja Kanwar is a doctoral student and USDA Multicultural Fellow in the Rubenstein School. She grew up in Iowa but has maintained the roots of her Indian background. For her undergraduate thesis work at the University of Iowa, she focused on water supply and sanitation issues in India and for her Master's research with Antioch University, she continued her work on rainwater harvesting and community participation in India. Her current doctoral work with advisor Professor Breck Bowden involves international water resources management.
Kesha Ram was piecing together her career well before she graduated from UVM. While juggling a dual degree in Natural Resources and Political Science, her senior thesis research to help mold an environmental justice bill in Vermont, and the presidency of UVM's Student Government Association (SGA), she was running for the office of representative to the Vermont state legislature. She won her seat in the November 2008 elections and is currently the youngest state legislator in the country.
Satish Serchan grew up in urban Nepal where he experienced impacts of pollution on the environment. He came to UVM and, as a USDA Multicultural Scholar in Environmental Sciences, gained research experience analyzing stream dynamics and nutrient transport in Vermont and studying effects of global warming on an estuarine ecosystem in the Chesapeake Bay. After graduation, Satish worked with urban youth and greenspace in Baltimore. An internship with the Student Conservation Association took him to the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Juneau Forestry Sciences Lab, in Alaska. He is currently an Environmental Science Master's student at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Min Zheng took advantage of the partnership between the High School for Environmental Studies in New York City and the Rubenstein School. As an undergraduate in Environmental Studies, she designed her own major at UVM and became involved in many on- and off-campus learning opportunities. She was president of the Asian-American Student Union and member of the Rubenstein School Board of Advisors. Volunteer and study abroad programs took her to Mexico, Costa Rica, Asia, and South Africa. An undergraduate research award funded Min's travel and studies in China.
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