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Maxine Haspel

Maxine Haspel

University of South Florida Tampa

  • Geography

I am currently studying Geography at the University of South Florida, with plans to develop a professional path that centers GIS technologies and urban green space in conservation. I consider Atlanta, Georgia to be my home. It was there I began to understand the importance of urban green spaces in uplifting marginalized communities, though it was in an Urban Planning course at USF that I first drew the connection between cultural and environmental conservation that I plan to center in my future work. As I work toward my professional goals, I will draw on my experiences working on public lands, traveling, and the knowledge I gain from my academic courses in order to contribute to a sustainable and equitable future.

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