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Members of The Uproot Project Steering Committee (Monica Samayoa, Maddie Burakoff, Lucia Priselac, Yvette Cabrera, Maya Kapoor, Rachel Ramirez, Justin Worland, Christina Colon, and Paola Rosa-Aquino) in Seattle on June 25th, 2022

Hi fellow Uprooters! I’m Monica Samayoa, environment reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting and Steering Committee Co-Chair!

A few weeks ago, the Steering Committee members met where it all started for Uproot — Seattle! We went back to our roots to get together for a few days to finally get to work in person. After spending so much time on Zoom and looking at each other through tiny squares, getting to spend time together in person was amazing.

In two days of packed sessions, we got A LOT of work done. We thought a lot about what will continue to make The Uproot Project successful — what do our members need now, and what will our members need in the future. And let me tell you, a lot of great things are coming! We are still working on solidifying our foundation and one of the biggest outcomes from the retreat was deciding to transition to The Uproot Project’s Board. This will allow our director, Lucia Priselac, and our staff to make some decisions on their own and get the ball rolling on projects quicker!

Building something from scratch takes a lot of work, communication, and patience. After a lot of thought and discussion, we wanted to enable Uproot to grow and evolve. So moving forward, we’re going to continue to build out our brand, increase our member engagement and look for more partnerships — while always keeping our members’ best interests in mind when making these decisions. We also got started on outlining our yearly goals starting next Fall.  

And it wasn’t just all work. Did you know we love to karaoke? Slack me your fav songs to sing!

The time we spent allowed us to create an even bigger bond with each other and in turn has reinvigorated our commitment to you.  And there’s still a lot of work to be done!  

Uproot has so many great things coming in the next few years and together, we are all working on changing the narrative on the climate crisis! So I'm borrowing a line from our fellow Board member, Justin Worland, WATCH THIS SPACE! 

UprootandAway!

Monica Samayoa
Environment reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting
Steering Committee Co-Chair of The Uproot Project

What Are You Planting? 

This week’s member spotlight features the newest addition to The Uproot Project Steering Committee, Christina Colón! Christina is our new Social Media Project Lead.

Name: Christina Colón, Associate editor at Sojourners magazine and Social Media Project Lead for The Uproot Project

How long have you been a journalist/reporter? 5 years

What is your beat/focus? Social justice, religion, climate justice

What’s your favorite piece you’ve written? From Grassroots to Government: A Climate Assessment Presents a Moral Opportunity

What you are working on right now (if you can say)? We just sent the August issue of Sojourners magazine to the printer (which features a story on the environmental impacts of fast fashion!)

How did you become an Uproot member? I started following Uproot's work shortly after the launch and was inspired by the work the members were doing to comprehensively cover climate issues, support one another, and innovate the industry. I knew then that I wanted to join.

What’s a piece of advice you wish you could give to your younger self? It's OK if your 5-year plan falls apart. (Or 1-year plan, for that matter.)

What’s your favorite podcast? Lately, I've been really enjoying "Normal Gossip" hosted by Kelsey McKinney

What's your starting word for wordle? Light

What’s your favorite vegetable? Broccoli

Twitter: @CJaneColon

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