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Anisa Lopez-Ruiz

Anisa Lopez-Ruiz

Pomona College

  • Biology

I am passionate about conservation and centering decolonial perspectives in science. I seek to understand the complicated networks of interactions between organisms and the ways in which the wellbeing of humans is inextricably linked to the health of other organisms. I grew up in the Houston area, but my family is from a Zapotec pueblo in Oaxaca, Mexico. I am on a lifelong journey to learn my native language and practice my culture. With these commitments to a decolonial praxis, I aim to help create a future that is equitable for all peoples.

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The Conservation Scholars Fund directly supports students who are pursuing a career in conservation through the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington. Effective conservation strategies are inclusive, involving a diversity of stakeholders and incorporating multiple values. Yet, the conservation community does not reflect the collective voice of our country. Without a significant, serious and immediate increase in diversity and inclusion, the conservation community will become a movement of the past instead of a guiding principle of the future. Our program aims to change that.