Working Group on the Environment in Latin America (WGELA)

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The Working Group on the Environment in Latin America (WGELA) is a collaborative effort between Duke University, UNC, and NC-State undergraduate and graduate students to promote a rich comprehension of environmental issues in Latin America through interdisciplinary collaboration.

WGELA aims to 1) foster a dialogue concerning critical environmental issues affecting Latin America, 2) improve the understanding of the social, historical, political, and cultural contexts in which these environmental issues are embedded, and 3) build capacity among an interdisciplinary and cross institutional group of individuals to address and conduct research on Latin American issues.


2016-2017 Student leaders/officers

Amanda Hoster
Alexis Kovach
Esteban Arenas
Sofia Tenorio Fenton
Luke Eastman

2017-2018 Student leaders/officers

Co-Presidents: Ricardo Zaragoza and Gloria Aldana
Secretary: Carley Reynolds
Treasurer: Devyn Parks
Beaufort Representatives: Paula Chavez and Roosevelt Andres Mesa

Contact Info

2017-2018 Wgela President contact 
Ricardo Zaragoza
Gloria Aldana

Faculty/Staff Advisors

Faculty Advisors: Liz Shapiro and Jennifer Swenson