What is your previous work experience?
I worked as a College Adviser via The Carolina College Advising Corps, an AmeriCorps affiliated program. The Carolina College Advising Corps assists low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students find their way to colleges that will serve them well. I became a college adviser because I was aware of the many obstacles in navigating the college admissions process, and I wanted to reduce barriers to student success. I feel that I learned and grew with my students at Fike High School in Wilson, North Carolina during my two years serving the school and community.
Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
After visiting Environmental Hall with an admissions representative last summer, I knew that Duke was a great fit personally and professionally. The dual focus of science and policy established throughout the MEM curriculum mirror my interests. With the field courses, certificate programs, and internships offered to Nicholas School students I will gain practical hands-on experience in addition to what I learn in the classroom.
Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
I plan on pursing the Environmental Economics and Policy Concentration at the Nicholas School. At my core, I view myself as a proponent for social-justice so I hope to find a place at the Nicholas School that will allow me to grow as an advocate from communities.
What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I know that the Nicholas School will provide the framework that is necessary to problem solve through current environmental challenges and make a difference in our world. I am looking forward to meeting individuals who share common interests and taking the time to explore Durham, NC and the Duke community!
What are you doing this summer before you arrive at the Nicholas School?
This summer I will continue my work with high school students with the Carolina Higher Education Opportunity Programs Office via the Upward Bound Program as the College Preparation Coach. Upward Bound serves students that are from low income and first generation backgrounds at 6 target high schools in Chatham, Durham, and Lee counties.
Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Private-Public Partnerships, Consulting, Renewable Energy
Nicholas School of the Environment
Certificate in Environmental Entrepreneurship
Major: Environmental Studies, Minor: Geography
Walter White Buckley Jr. Public Service Scholar
Global Environmental Health and Safety and Sustainability Intern, Lincolnton, NC, AptarGroup
Contribute to the tracking of global sustainability performance metrics and utility data. Draft responses for the Climate Disclosure Project (CDP) Climate Change and Supply Chain Questionnaires. Communicate globally with regional and site-level sustainability representatives and suppliers within 18 countries. Promote initiatives, which achieve corporate goals. Complete verification of savings and ROI for projects and new ideas. 2017
College Adviser, Chapel Hill, NC, AmeriCorps/Carolina College Advising Corps
Mentored low-income, first generation, and underrepresented students and their families as they transitioned from high school to college. Provided one-on-one admissions and financial aid assistance. Committed to continuous improvement, sharing of best practices, and AmeriCorps program assessment. Increased college applications submissions by 75% and FAFSA submissions by 20% in one year of service. 2014-2016
Environmental Education Intern, North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC
Inspired others to care about conservation through educational programs. Helped prepare and co-lead weekly, hands-on environmental education programs for children and families. Collaborated to establish program logistics, promotion, curriculum development, and the creation of educational materials. 2014
Jennette’s Pier Education Intern, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Nags Head, NC
Encouraged students, grades 6-12, to make connections with science and technology. Collaborated directly with environmental educators and NC schoolteachers to provide outreach to students of all ages. Improved teaching skills through mentorship and observation. 2013
Environmental Law and Policy Summer Research Assistant, UNC School of Law
Maintained subject matter expertise on local and international environmental law and justice topics. Gathered evidence, analyzed court decisions, and presented findings. 2012
Student Grant Making Board – IMPACT NC, Chapel Hill, NC, Carolina Center for Public Service at UNC
Used philanthropy as a tool for social change. Provided grants from $2,000 to $5,000 for educational projects that promote physical, mental, and/and social well-being in rural and underrepresented areas of NC. Improved RFPs and learned fundamentals of grant writing and allocation. 2013
Duke University Nicholas Scholars Program
This competitive program is comprised of 8 first-year students who exemplify the strongest values in the Duke Nicholas School student body: academic excellence, diverse backgrounds, experiences, perspectives and environmental leadership potential.
Duke University Nemergut Scholar
This scholarship program supports students at the Nicholas School for the Environment who can enrich the diversity of perspectives in the academic life of the Nicholas School.
GreenBiz 2017 Emerging Leader Scholar
This scholarship program allows for 10 students across the country to attend the GreenBiz conference as an Emerging Leader in the field of sustainability. Special networking and leadership opportunities are afforded to scholars participants.
OneEnergy Renewable & 3Degrees Energy Scholar
This program accelerates the development of graduate students targeting careers in renewables by supporting individual student career objectives via mentoring, networking, and direct industry access. Individuals represent OneEnergy, 3Degrees, and Net Impact for a year.
Chosen to present at annual adviser summit to 400 college advisers. “It Takes a Village: Staff Engagement & Adviser
Success”: October 2015, Atlanta, GA
Designed and presented two workshops to 45 fellow College Advisers to aid in their professional development: “Delegating the Impact: Engaging Faculty with ACT Prep”: Chapel Hill, NC December 2014
“Adviser Communications & Branding”: Chapel Hill, NC, July 2014
Award ● Dean Scholar
Hometown ● Cary, North Carolina
Undergraduate Institute ● University of North Carolina Chapel Hill