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Marlen Paredes

Marlen Paredes

Marlen is very excited to be joining the 2023 scholars as a program assistant for DDCSP UW! Marlen Paredes (they/them) is 1st generation born and raised on ancestral Lenapehoking, in part of what is known currently as New Jersey, to their Honduran and Mexican parents. Marlen grew up in a large city in the most densely populated state in the U.S and not very connected to the sense of wilderness, but always wanted to explore and travel to new places and has been grateful that from the age of 16 they have been able to work and volunteer in the conservation field to make that happen.

Marlen graduated from Kean University with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and is a fierce advocate for the earth and marginalized communities. They are currently serving as a member of the Alumni Council for DDCSP’s Alumni network, and have so much love for DDCSP. Their first camping experience was during their time as a scholar at the Northern Arizona University program in the summer of 2016 and they are super thrilled to be spending this summer as UW staff to support this cohort of scholars to make their experience in the program a transformationally memorable one, like it was for Marlen.

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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.