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Olivia Balcos

Olivia Balcos

Colby College

  • Anthropology

Olivia is looking to combine the powers of grassroots organizing, art, education, and environmental justice to create spaces in the conservation movement in which the needs people of color and indigenous folk are prioritized. She is always looking for ways to connect with her Indigenous Filipino heritage. She hopes to further decolonize her views of nature and make meaningful connections to the land just as her parents and ancestors did.

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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.