I graduated with a bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Connecticut in 2018. Through my studies, extracurriculars, and internships, I focused primarily on the local impacts of climate change as well as Black political thought and activism. After graduation, I worked as Communications Coordinator and field Organizer for the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs. During my time at the Roundtable, I led a communications campaign around Transit Equity Day, which happens annually on Rosa Parks’ Birthday. I also supported community visioning sessions in the City of New London, CT, around the newly developing offshore wind industry and spearheaded the creation of the Black Environmental Activist Movement (BEAM), the first statewide network of Black environmental activists in Connecticut.
After three years of working in the field, I was looking for a program that would allow me to combine and sharpen these very skillsets and interests; I found the GSD was exactly the program where I could do so. What most attracted me to the GSD was its robust African American Student Union and bi-annual Black in Design conference, as well as the ability to take courses across Harvard’s different schools. I chose the Urban Planning program at the GSD because it would allow me to sharpen my communication design skills while also deepening my engagement with participatory planning and activism.