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Travis Waters, Jr.

Travis Waters, Jr.

Florida State University

  • Environment & Society
  • Political Science

Witnessing firsthand the effects of environmental disinvestment and the absence of critical infrastructure, I hope to bring greater attention to African American communities in the United States suffering from the injustices of unclean air, hazardous waste emissions, and unsafe water. I believe that the intersection of government and the environment is one that cannot be overlooked as a cleaner society and healthier Black community is one that can ensue from its advancement. My passion for environmental policy and service has led me to the Democratic National Committee as a Presidential Fellow, the Campus Election Engagement Project where I successfully expanded voter accessibility for thousands of Florida State University students, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Recently, I was named to the inaugural cohort of the John Lewis Scholars and Fellows Program, which aims to create positive societal change based on the revolutionary non-violent respective pioneered during the American Civil Rights Movement.

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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.