April 2020
Virtual Social Hours a success!

We caught up with eighteen of you during the first three virtual social hours for the Switzer Network earlier this month. As expected, the conversations started with how you are all doing during these difficult times (mostly well!). We also discovered a number of surprising professional and personal connections, including a cluster of fellows who have connections to Newton, Massachusetts! 

We are continuing the series and have planned two more virtual social hours:

Thursday, April 30th for Eastern and Central time zones
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We hope you will join us to check in, reconnect with each other, and share mutual contacts, which was a big highlight of each call.

Help shape the foundation's future on the Fellows Advisory Committee

There is still time to nominate a fellow (or yourself) to serve on the Fellows Advisory Committee (FAC). As we think about how best to serve our network and our communities in the years ahead, it is essential for fellows to play a role in our program strategies and implementation. Nominations are due by April 30! Email Erin if you have any questions.

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John Andrew: DWR receives national climate leadership award

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) won a prestigious national award March 5 for its influential role in the nation's fight against climate change, receiving recognition for the Department's outreach on climate resilience and for taking a comprehensive approach that aligns state and local water management. Switzer Fellow John Andrew oversees the Department's climate change activities and accepted the award.

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Nigel Golden: Revamping seminar series to increase DEI

Many institutions today are declaring commitments to improving diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Yet despite their good intentions, acting on those commitments remains challenging. Students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst redesigned their departmental seminar series to increase DEI, and other institutions could do the same, writes Switzer Fellow Nigel Golden.
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Laura Meyerson: Trump undermines health protections

The federal government had the mechanisms it needed to minimize the risk of pandemics to human health. However, the Trump administration is placing the nation at risk by systematically undermining these structures and experts associated with them, writes Fellow Laura Meyerson.

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Upcoming Events
Virtual Social Hour for Switzer Fellows - Central and Eastern
Thursday April 30, 3:00 p.m. Central / 4:00 p.m. Eastern
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Virtual Social Hour for Switzer Fellows - Pacific and Mountain
Tuesday, May 5, 4:00 p.m. Pacific / 5:00 p.m. Mountain
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2020 Switzer Fellowship interviews - California
Saturday, May 9, 2020

2020 Switzer Fellowship interviews - New England
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Switzer Fellows Networking Call: Self-Employment and Consulting
Tuesday, May 19, 1:30 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. Pacific

Race and Equity Discussion Group: Environmental Data Justice
Monday, June 15, 12:30 p.m. Eastern / 9:30 a.m. Pacific (90 minutes)
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