Mission Statement

Climate change, sea level rise, extreme weather patterns--these are all realities that we, especially those of us in coastal cities, face and will continue to face with increasing climate change and sea level rise. The environment does not stand alone as a topic and it is crucial to consider the land, sea, rivers, and other environmental bodies as inextricably linked to human rights, social and racial inequalities, and urban cultures and environments. My work this summer explores the ways in which climate change resilience can be built in communities and designed by those communities themselves.

Much of the environmental work currently happening, particularly by large top-down organizations, privileges white communities and furthers environmental racism, thereby marginalizing communities of color, Indigenous communities, and low-income communities. My work with Rooted in Resilience will explore how environmental solutions start with the communities that will be hardest hit by these issues. I will also explore how to learn and build from within these communities in order to create the most resilient communities and cities possible. I am particularly researching and working on environmental communications--how we communicate environmental issues and solutions, how resilience can come from interconnected social networks and communication networks that builds on the on-the-ground work done by organizations.

Communications is not about giving people a voice--everyone has a voice; it’s about amplifying voices to build systems that listen to those voices and create equitable solutions. The ways that environmental problems and solutions are communicated are of the utmost importance. My research is about environmental storytelling and how to best design communications programs that amplify environmental justice and climate change resilience organizations and empower people to act for their own environments and communities.