November 2019
2020 Fellowship Applications 

The application period for 2020 Switzer Fellowships is now open! Please spread the word to any great candidates in New England or California! The guidelines are available on our website, and we encourage fellows to share the Call for Applications widely. 

As most of you know, we made a change to our eligibility requirements this year to expand the pool of eligible applicants to include not only U.S. citizens, but also U.S. permanent residents ("green card" holders) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Thanks to all of you who voiced your support of this decision - we're excited to see applications from this expanded pool of environmental leaders.

This year's application deadline is January 6, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Please contact Erin with any questions.
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Race and Equity Reading Group Discussion: Allyship, Community Care, and Wellness

Racial allyship is a risky proposition. Though it cannot be compared with the inequities and dangers faced by members of marginalized groups, "[A]llyship means 'committing to pushing past the point of comfort to take effective and impactful action to change things' - even if that action is messy or dangerous.

This Race and Equity Reading Group discussion will raise questions of allyship within a framework of community care and wellness, with the objective of moving toward a model of sustained allyship in the environmental community. 

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 am PT / 12:30 - 1:30 pm ET
To register: contact Laine Kuehn

Please see the Switzer Foundation website for more information, and for links to the readings associated with this discussion.

If you are not a member of the Race and Equity Reading Group and would like to be added, please contact  Laine . The group is open to all fellows, and Switzer Foundation staff and trustees.
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Community Space for Fellows of Color

Recently, we announced the launch of a new Slack online community space to address the specific circumstances and needs of fellows of color. The Slack space has been set up by Switzer Fellow Francisco Dóñez, who will help fellows of color join, provide technical assistance, and help facilitate early discussions and brainstorms as needed. Please email Francisco ( for more information! 
Upcoming Conferences

We know that some of you will be at the following conferences - please let Erin know if you plan to attend! If there is a critical mass of fellows (even a small one), we can provide some funds to help you get together for a meal or other activity. This is a great way for us to help facilitate in-person time for fellows so you can get to know each other and perhaps plant seeds for future collaboration (possible Network Innovation grant?) or ongoing coaching and support of each other. And, it will be fun for you. Win-win!
Amber Pairis: Regional Alliances Forge Ahead on Climate Change Adaptation

Some climate-related projects start local and stay local - but in other cases, there may be an opportunity to expand the initiative to broader scales. Over the course of just four years, Amber Pairis has brought together more than 280 organizations, agencies, and groups of people keen to address climate change adaptation.

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Keith Parker: Researching Bizarre Prehistoric Fish to Preserve Yurok Culture

For the Yurok tribe, fishing isn't a recreational weekend activity to be paired with cold beer. It's a way of subsistence, a way of life. Keith Parker's groundbreaking biological research regarding a new subspecies of Pacific lamprey, recently published in the science journal Molecular Ecology, may be the key to saving his tribe's way of life.

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Kate Voss: AGU/AAAS Congressional Science Fellow in Senator Udall's Office

Kate Voss, who grew up as an active member of the Surfrider Foundation in southern California, has always been interested in grassroots organization and advocacy around environmental issues. Now as an American Geophysical Union (AGU) Congressional Science Fellow, Voss is excited to have arrived at the nexus of science, society and politics. "Maybe this is the geographer in me coming out," says Voss, "since we're trained to think across scales of space and time. I see this coming year working on the Hill as a perfect convergence of all these different spatial scales of policy and science."

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Jennifer Gaddis: Why School Cafeterias Should be the Frontlines of Policy Change

We need a new model for the National School Lunch Program that provides cafeteria workers with access to longer hours, higher wages and more meaningful work, writes Fellow Jennifer Gaddis in The Guardian. Only then can we begin to realize the potential of the program to reduce the long-term cost of preventable dietary diseases, encourage environmentally and economically sustainable diets, and create good middle-class jobs across the food chain.

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Edow Edzie: Addressing Human Security and Cultivating Innovation in Colombia

Ekow Edzie is a recent graduate of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the graduate school of international affairs at Tufts University. The summer after his first year at Fletcher, Edzie conducted field research on the land restitution process in Colombia. He analyzed the unique challenges facing victims of land displacement in Colombia in their return to rural livelihoods and the structure of government aid intended to ensure their future success.

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Upcoming Events
Race and Equity Reading Group: Allyship, Community Care, and Wellness
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 12:30 pm ET
For more information

Alumni Dinner - Washington, DC
Sunday, March 15, 2020, 6:30 pm ET
Location to be determined - DC-based alumni, save the date!
Fellows in the News
Jen Osha Buysse's Mountain Stewardship & Outdoor Leadership School was featured on West Virginia Public Radio.

Marissa McMahan's work with Maine clam farmers to adopt quahog cultivation was featured in an Associated Press article.

Kristy Deiner has received a prestigious European Research Council grant to work on e-DNA.

Morgan Grove is a co-author of the new book, Science for the Sustainable City, a presentation of key findings and insights from over two decades of research, education and community engagement in the acclaimed Baltimore Ecosystem Study.
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