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Presley Swiney

Presley Swiney

Centre College of Kentucky

  • Anthropology
  • Environmental Studies

Growing up in Appalachia, I have first-hand experience of the injustices placed upon the region as a whole, as well as those who reside within. Through personal encounters, I’ve seen the overexploitation of multiple marginalized groups within the Appalachian region, and because of that, I’ve found my passion in helping bridge the gap between the people of Appalachia and the rest of the world. Overexploitation through coal mining, agriculture, and unsustainable forestry are some of the main issues against the region that I am driven to seek justice for. However, I also find it important to further address the stereotypes placed upon Appalachian communities and people while helping them gain a voice despite being marginalized by society. My identity heavily resides within Appalachian communities, and throughout my career, I hope to raise awareness about the environmental injustices that these areas are faced with.

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