UA Students Launch Women in Green Leadership Project
By Tessa Patterson, Institute of the Environment
University of Arizona students Stephanie Choi and Fiona Davey are weaving together feminism and environmental sustainability to highlight and discuss how climate change affects the lives and careers of women across the globe.
Choi, a senior English major and co-director of Students for Sustainability, and Davey, a senior public health major and co-director of Feminists Organized to Resist, Create, and Empower (FORCE), have created Women in Green Leadership, a project that will delve into the link between feminism and sustainability.
“Often the issues that affect the environment and that affect women are interconnected. But in the world of activism, they are in different spheres. Connecting them is very important,” Davey said.
The project will include monthly panels and discussions about business, arts, professional development, and other topics designed to encourage women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic fields and foster a positive relationship between women and professions in sustainability.
“Our discussions will aid people in finding the resources that can benefit them and the type of role models that can help their careers,” Davey said.
The next panel will be held in early February in the Women’s Resource Center. The event will focus on nonprofit organizations.
“The audience will have a discussion with women who work in positions at organizations that serve a really important role in sustainable community building,” Choi said.
The Women in Green Leadership project is supported by the UA Green Fund, a grant funded by student tuition and most recently, the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice. Mrs. Haury was a longtime benefactor whose estate created the program in 2014.
“Mrs. Haury was a firm believer that you cannot deal with social justice issues unless you address the environmental issue,” said Anna Spitz, director of the Haury program. “It is very important to us to continue her legacy by giving and investing in ways to help improve social justice and the environment.”