2015 DDCSP Conservation Stories

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For conservation to be effective, it must be inclusive. Our nation and our world,…


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To learn more visit our website. uwconservationscholars.org
TO SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM -> washington.edu/giving/make-a-gift/?source_typ=3&source=CNSCHL .

For conservation to be effective, it must be inclusive. Our nation and our world, is strong because it is diverse – in voices, values, and ways of knowing. And yet today's conservation community is not diverse.
We must change this if we want conservation to become a guiding principle of the future.
To do this we must listen to and support the collective voices and stories of conservation.
To do this we must learn about the narratives of our country's youth and their connection to nature and environment.
To do this we must empower the talent of tomorrow to guide conservation into the future, providing equitable access to nature and its resources to all parts of our society.
This is what we do at the UW Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (uwconservationscholars.org), and these are the stories of the 2015 cohort.
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington is a multi-summer, undergraduate experiential-learning program focused on the themes of biodiversity, food, climate, and water across urban and wild spaces. DDCSP@UW places conservation practice at the intersection of individual identities, community culture and values, and the opportunities and limits the environment provides.
These stories were crafted by the scholars as a capstone. a deep look back at their own lives, and the content and experiences they have had- over a lifetime and during this course. This is where they tell their own stories and explore their evolving relationship with environment and conservation.
This work was done in collaboration with Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika (chenjerai.net), Communications Professor at Clemson University. Chenjerai supported students in exploring their own transformation and telling stories in their own voice.

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