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Kaytlen Cruz

Kaytlen Cruz

Oberlin College

  • Environmental Studies

Kaytlen is an Environmental Studies major at Oberlin College. She’s interested in urban sustainability, food justice, sustainability education, and connecting people with nature and the food they eat. She has a passion for nonprofit work and seeking out ways to support marginalized communities. She believes that sustainability and conservation practices should be affordable for everyone and aims to create an inclusive environment for people usually left out of environmental sustainability conversations. She also believes that sustainability and conservation needs to be decolonized, and that means uplifting the voices of POC.

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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.