March 2022
In early March, a life-sized statue of Dr. Kimberley Miner was stationed at the Smithsonian along with more than 120 IF/THEN® Women in STEM Ambassadors.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we spoke with Kimberley about her experience inspiring future leaders in STEM and what she’s been working on lately as a climate scientist at NASA. Read the interview.
 In 2018, Switzer updated its mission, vision, and values to elevate advancing social equity alongside improving environmental quality. Guided by shared leadership among Switzer Fellows, staff, and trustees, we conducted a strategic review to identify new priorities for implementing our mission. 

As a foundation, we recognize that how we make decisions is just as important to achieving our mission as what we decide. We are very proud of the inclusive model we created for the strategic review, the strong thinking it generated, and the clear direction and support we have for advancing several important initiatives. Learn more about the outcomes and our next steps.
Interviews for 2022 Switzer Fellowships will be held virtually again this year, and we are looking for interviewers! We will need 15 interviewers for each region. Stipends are available to support fellows’ time to participate.

Interview dates and times:
  • California applicants: Friday, May 13, 2022 - 9 am - 2:30 pm PDT
  • New England applicants: Friday, May 20, 2022 - 9 am - 2:30 pm EDT
If you are interested, please fill out some basic information in this Google form. We will create a pool of interviewers who represent a cross-section of the Switzer Network across cohorts, degree, sectors, geography, race, ethnicity, gender, and people who were first-generation college students. Thank you for your interest!
Attend New Horizons in Conservation Conference for free!
The New Horizons in Conservation Conference, taking place virtually March 29-31, convenes students and early career professionals who are historically underrepresented in the environmental field and/ or committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field. Switzer Fellow Regan Patterson is one of the speakers this year! We are sponsoring the conference and have ten free registrations available to fellows who want to attend. Contact Erin if you would like to attend.
Maria Jesus led a petition to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Fish and Game Commission to protect the rare Inyo rock daisy, currently imperiled by gold mining claims. “This sweet little flower is incredibly rare, and nearly every population is found on mining claims,” she said. Learn more about the daisy and the petition to protect it.
Fellow News

Thursday, April 28th, 2022
9 -10 am PDT / Noon - 1 pm EDT
Climate change affects us all, but historically marginalized populations are worst impacted. Additionally, environmental organizations that work on climate change lack racial diversity and therefore the skills to address equity challenges. This presentation by Switzer Fellow Clara Fang will look at where we are in the climate movement in terms of diversity and inclusion and how we can foster a movement with more belonging and justice for all. Register here.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
Noon - 1 pm PDT / 3 - 4 pm EDT
(Note: the date of this event has been changed.)
The past two years have presented unique challenges for working parents navigating changing situations with school, childcare, work and family life. We invite Switzer Fellows who are working parents to come together to share stories and support around COVID and other challenges in an informal networking event. Register here.

Thank you to everyone who has been sharing opportunities on the Switzer Fellows listserv! We encourage you to keep posting jobs that come your way. If you have a connection to the hiring organization and are willing to be contacted, please include that information when you forward the posting. If a fellow has a connection, we will include it in this section each month.

You are also invited to join our private LinkedIn Group. This is another space to connect with other Switzer Fellows and stay up to date on the latest opportunities and news.
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