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Juwaria Jama

Juwaria Jama

Emerson College

  • Communication
  • Environmental Studies

As a youth climate justice organizer, I spent the majority of high school thinking about advocacy, justice, and conservation. What happens to the stories, traditions, and customs of people when climate change wipes them away? How do we remember, honor, and carry their practices with us? And most importantly, how do we focus on the human aspect when talking about environmental issues? Poetry has helped me bridge some of these gaps, through storytelling I’ve been able to convey my thoughts and connections in these topics, and I hope to continue doing this work through an intersectional lens. I hope to learn more about ethnobotany and bring those teachings back to my own community. Outside of writing, I enjoy going on walks, reading, and watching sci-fi shows!

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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.