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Sierra Ana Hurtado

Sierra Ana Hurtado

California State University - Northridge

  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Sierra is interested in learning about conservation from a non-Western perspective and how different cultures and communities care for their environments. She aims to decolonize science by unlearning and challenging the settler-colonialism mentality. Sierra desires to make the field of conservation more accessible and welcoming to those who have historically been excluded from science. By merging her artistic abilities with her knowledge of biology, Sierra hopes to provide accessible conservation education and environmental awareness education within her community.

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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.