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Jade Valdez

Jade Valdez

Lewis & Clark College

  • Biology

I am interested in combining wildlife and environmental biology with environmental justice. Specifically, promoting the growth of native species to support the ecosystem and people who live there. How can we save endangered species while providing equitable solutions for people? As an outdoor recreation leader, I also strive to expand inclusion in the outdoors because I believe that it promotes how people care for and interact with the environment.

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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.