July 2020
Announcing the return of Leadership Grants
We are thrilled to announce we will be accepting concept letters for Leadership Grants starting with the upcoming fall cycle. The maximum award amount will be $40,000. We anticipate an extremely competitive cycle, so please make sure to review the guidelines very carefully and be in touch with Erin to discuss your idea.

Fall cycle concept letters are due September 1. Invited proposals will be due October 1, with award decisions made in November. Spring cycle deadlines have not yet been determined and will be dependent on available funds.
Switzer Fellows Advisory Committee selected

Nine Switzer Fellows recently joined the newly-relaunched Fellows Advisory Committee, and we are looking forward to working with them on various initiatives over the next year. Many thanks to all of our fellows who nominated themselves or others for service on this important committee.

Amber Pairis: Climate Science Alliance finalist for $100K conservation prize

The Climate Science Alliance, started in 2014 by Amber Pairis with a Leadership Grant, is one of five teams from across North America that have been selected as finalists for the Connectivity Challenge, a $100,000 incentive prize recently launched by the CSU Salazar Center for North American Conservation. Recognizing that tribal communities in southern California are among the most susceptible to climate change impacts-but most likely to be left out of land-use planning conversations-the proposed project is a collaborative effort to enhance landscape-scale conservation efforts and advance tribal resilience.

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Karen Andrade: What's in a name? Karen and the Aspiration of Whiteness

Karen Andrade wrote a powerful story for Medium about her struggles to accept her own name and what it represents:

"After watching Amy Cooper and her deadly, confident lies and threats to Christian Cooper, I was called to stare deeply at my brown skin and my white name. And what rose was a well of sadness, grief, and understanding. I never spoke, and never will, with my father about the moment he decided to leave his wife in the hospital room, her body battered by childbirth, to go to the registrar and secretly fill out the paperwork. He must have known that what he was doing was worth hiding. He must have known that it was deeply wrong, but felt it was completely necessary."

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Switzer Fellows listserv active with welcome messages and job postings

Thanks to all the alumni who took the time to write warm and thoughtful messages to the 2020 Switzer Fellows. If any of our fellow alumni are interested in serving as career coaches or mentors to new fellows, please contact Erin.

In addition to the welcome messages, more than two dozen jobs were posted by fellows to the Switzer Fellows listserv in the past month. This is a great use of the listserv, and we encourage you to keep the job postings and other professional resources coming. If possible, please indicate when you have a connection to a specific job opportunity and are willing to make an introduction for prospective applicants.

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Fellow News
Need a break? Take a video hike with Alicia Daniel of the Vermont Master Naturalist Program to learn about 10 common Northeast trees. Great information and birds singing in the background... you'll love it!

Anna Robuck has won a NIEHS KC Donnelly Externship to continue her research on PFAS in marine food webs and water.

Brenda Zollitsch has developed a document to help provide insights to states, tribes and others trying to work their way through the new Navigable Waters Protection Act that replaced Obama's Clean Water Rule in June.

Wing Goodale continues his work to assess the cumulative effects of offshore wind energy development on wildlife. His recent publication looks at exposure of northern gannet (Morus bassanus) along the Atlantic coast.

Dave Kramer has joined UT Austin as their Program Director of the Planet Texas 2050 program. In a happy coincidence, the program supports a team that Miriam Solis is on.

Genie Bey is now an Environmental Protection Specialist with the DC Department of Energy and Environment. She is on the flood risk mitigation team within the Water Resources Protection and Mitigation Branch, working on green infrastructure planning and implementation for the District.

Have news for this section? Send it to Lauren  so she can post it to our website, social media, and a future e-news issue. We are encouraging new Switzer Fellows to use the Fellow Directory to network with alumni this summer, so please also make sure your profile (especially your work information) is updated. You can use our new Google Form to submit changes instead of logging in.
Upcoming Events
Virtual Social Hour for Switzer Fellows: Pacific/Mountain
Thursday, July 23
4:30 p.m. PDT / 5:30 p.m. MDT
Come as you are for this informal event co-hosted by Melissa Garren.
Learn more and get the Zoom link

Virtual Social Hours for BIPOC Fellows
Switzer Fellow Francisco Dóñez will host two virtual social hours for Switzer Fellows who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). BIPOC fellows, no need to register ahead of time, just join the call that works for you.

Pacific and Mountain time zones
Thursday, August 6
4:00 p.m. PDT / 5:00 p.m. MDT
Learn more and get the Zoom link

Central and Eastern time zones

Friday, August 7
3:00 p.m. CDT / 4:00 p.m. EDT
 Learn more and get the Zoom link

Coming soon: Virtual facilitation webinars for Switzer Fellows
We are partnering with the Interaction Institute for Social Change to offer a series of webinars to integrate collaborative values and practices of facilitative leadership into virtual work for fellows. The webinars will focus on "Designing for Love and Equity in Virtual Meetings" and "Collaborative Decision-Making and Shared Leadership." Dates and details about how to register are coming soon.

Seeking co-hosts for Switzer Fellow social hours
Our Zoom social hours continue to be a success, but we are in need of fellows to play the role of host. The events are typically very informal, with light facilitation. Please contact Erin if you are interested.
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