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Irina Rodriguez

Irina Rodriguez

Eastern Connecticut State University

  • Environmental Earth Science

As the the world heads towards urbanization, I seek to balance this expansion with the conservation of natural environments as there is much value in the preservation of such ecosystems. I am also interested in how political and economic factors interact with environmental protection, as well as how they ultimately affect underdeveloped communities. I aim to be a conservationist who encourages the voices of those underrepresented to be active against environmental injustices in their local district.

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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.