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Monique

Degree/Program: 
American Studies
Class Year: 
2011

“In order to change something, you need to know how it works to begin with—to reach the people of the United States we have to know where we’ve been to change where we’re going.”

An American Studies major, Monique studied where the country had been in order to help steer where we go in the future. In fact, she spent three months in San Francisco interning and training with different departments of Green Peace and other environmentally engaged non-profits because she believes in conserving the environment through activism and policy.

She traveled to Amsterdam, New Mexico and Washington, D.C., to talk about clean energy and build her community organizing skills. When she came back to campus, she became the leader of EcoReps, a student-run environmental group formed to educate students about the importance of being environmentally conscious, increase recycling and make the campus as green as possible.

“It’s a small enough school so that your voice can be heard. We can all make a difference if we are so inclined. You don’t have to be a tree hugger to help change the environment.”