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Simren Rai

Simren Rai

Whitman College

  • Environmental Studies - Anthropology

In my efforts to understand and take part in biodiversity conservation, I have noticed the disproportional gap the roles of science, politics, local people and the natural world play in conservation policies. With ever expanding urbanization I sense an urgency in protecting not only the diverse flora and fauna of our world but also the diverse cultures who know how to live in sync with the various and unique ecosystems. My ambitions as an environmental anthropologist are to bring unity and equity to international and local climate change mitigation plans by including the underrepresented voices.

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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.