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Dear friends, Scholars, and colleagues,

Welcome to the second UCSC Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Newsletter! If you'd like to be added to our newsletter email list, click here.  The newsletter is too long for gmail so we would suggest reading it in your browser
In this edition:
Justin becomes the mayor of Santa Cruz
Abe Borker selected as new Program Director
Twitter and LinkedIn
Spring 2020 Regional Alumni Gatherings
Upcoming Conferences in 2020
2019 Summer Program
2019 Winter Workshop
Alumni Highlights
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UCSC DDCSP on LinkedIn
UCSC DDCSP Website

Justin Cummings becomes the mayor of Santa Cruz

Justin Cummings was sworn in to his new office as Mayor of Santa Cruz! Justin is the first African-American man to hold the office, and the first millennial mayor. Justin will continue to be involved in the UCSC DDCSP Program as Founding Director Emeritus and will join the advisory board in March. He was recently interviewed by the Santa Cruz Good Times to discuss the year ahead.

Abe Borker selected as new Program Director

Abe Borker was selected by the program search committee to be the new Program Director. He is no stranger to the program, having taught four cohorts of scholars, and advised the design and direction of our program since its inception.

I wanted to share a personal message of gratitude for all the folks who have contributed so much to this program. Justin and Erika, for building it from the ground up and entrusting me to take it forward; our colleagues, advisers, and supporters who go above and beyond in supporting our scholars as mentors, activists, and accomplices in a mission for a more just, effective, and inclusive conservation movement for everyone.  Finally, our scholars, you inspire me, every year! It’s an honor to continue to serve all of you and help you make the changes you want to see in the world. 

Twitter and LinkedIn 

Follow us on Twitter!  We are using it to amplify scholar voices online, you can also follow all of our scholars using this list.  We also have a page on LinkedIn and you can see a list of past scholars and current scholars.

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Spring 2020 Regional Alumni Gatherings  

This spring we are having four regional alumni gatherings.  Let us know if you are interested in helping to organize a gathering!

  • New York City - February 22nd afternoon at American Museum of Natural History and nearby Dinner (RSVP aborker@ucsc.edu by Feb 7)
  • Minneapolis - February 28, 6pm (RSVP ASAP hernandez@carleton.edu)
  • San Francisco Bay Area - Late April (details coming)
  • Washington D.C. - Late May (details coming)

Don’t let those events stop you all from connecting on your own!  For example, Justin recently was in Washington D.C. for a meeting of America’s Mayors and was able to catch up with mentor Rae Wynn-Grant, Carl Brown ‘19, Juan Rebellon ‘17 and Roxana Ayala '16; and on the very same day, Dan Hernández was in Minneapolis and made time to go for a cold walk with Roger Faust '16.

Upcoming Conferences in 2020

There are a number of conferences that our scholars attend each year.  If you're going to be attending any of these meetings, get in touch with us so we can connect you with other DDCSP community members in attendance.

2019 Summer Program 

It was a joy to get to know our 2019 cohort during a summer of adventure, research, and training in conservation leadership skills.  At the end of the summer, scholars designed their own ecological studies that they conducted in the White Mountains and presented their results on UCSC campus.  Those talks ranged from studies of competition and parasitism in sub-alpine plant communities, studies of bristlecone pine population dynamics in the face of climate change, and studies that examined the link between complex geology and biodiversity patterns.

2019 Winter Workshop

During January 2nd through 5th, our 2018 scholars convened with program staff for three days of reconnecting and professional skill development at Mount Madonna Retreat Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  For the third time, we welcomed Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant (National Geographic Society, American Museum of Natural History) as a special guest, and she continues to be a close advisor of the program. Workshops over three days ranged from preparation for jobs in conservation and graduate studies, skills for professional networking to navigating challenging work environments.  Importantly we had many facilitated conversations about individual and collective strategies to achieve a more effective, inclusive and equitable conservation movement. Of course, we also had a lot of fun, reveling in nostalgia and shared visions for the future.

Alumni Highlights

Please remember to send us highlights you would like to share with the wider UCSC DDCSP community, please include a photo too if applicable!

Annette Ludwig (2016) is pursuing Master's in Global Environmental Studies at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. Her research will address incorporating traditional community-based land management into current policies in Pohnpei, Micronesia.  She was recently recognized for her contributions to conservation and received a scholarship from the Micronesia Conservation Trust.
Manisha Rattu (2016) is finishing a Master of Science in Earth Systems at Stanford University this June. She is also working on a children’s book about historically marginalized voices in Yosemite, mentored by park ranger Shelton Johnson.  The story is about two young girls of color visiting Yosemite and a journey through time discovering a more inclusive history of the park through the voices of Indigenous people and people of color.
Roxana Ayala (2016) accepted started a new position as a Research Analyst at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEE), where she contributes to work on local workforce development and equity-driven energy efficiency via city-led clean energy policy.  You can read her summary of a recent policy brief on the clean energy workforce she co-authored, here
Jessica Romero (2016) started a new position as an Air Force Biologistcal Scientist at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. She works on a variety of programs including fisheries, wetlands, birds, belugas, water quality, and air quality.  She is interested in how conservation actions performed on installations affect the land and people living in and around them
Karim Hanna (2017) is Assistant Team Leader for the Americorps American Conservation Experience team in Utah.  His team focuses on restoration across NPS, USFS and BLM lands.  When he's not restoring federal lands, he's adventuring across the Southwest, recently hiking the entire rim of Bryce Canyon.
Nusrat Noor (2017) started a new position as Aquatic and Marine Invertebrates Collections Manager at Auburn University's Museum of Natural History.  She engages in and leads all aspects of the aquatic and marine invertebrates collection's management, research, conservation, and outreach.
Juan Rebellon (2017) completed a six-month internship with the National Audubon Society’s International Alliances Program intern, where he worked on  promoting bird-based tourism as a way to make a sustainable living in rural communities in Colombia, Panama, Chile, Belize, Guatemala and the Bahamas.
Sara Sirk Morato (2017) recently returned from being a peer mentor in the Cultivo Field Mentorship program in Puerto Rico.  The program combines art, nature, biology, and mentoring, focusing on the intersectionality of art and science, and the inclusion of marginalized people in those spaces. 
Lambert Ngenzi (2017) is a fellow of the Princeton in Africa program and Project Manager at the Kasiisi Project. The program works in 14 schools, supporting 10,000 students around Kibale National Park in rural western Uganda.
Wanjiku (Wawa) Gatheru (2018) was was awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, for which she was honored by the Governor of Connecticut at the state Capitol.  Wawa will pursue a dual M.Sc. program at Oxford in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance & Environmental Change and Management.

Final Thoughts

We plan to send out biannual newsletters, so we encourage the entire DDCSP family to send us your updates and news. As our alumni community grows, we need you to help keep us connected and informed of your latest and greatest!  We encourage our friends and colleagues to share our newsletters with others. 

 

With our warm wishes

Prof. Erika Zavaleta,
Faculty Director

Abraham Borker,
Program Director 

Dan Hernández,
Faculty Mentor

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