Emiliana Lopez

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Emiliana Almanza Lopez is a third-year student at the University of Wisconsin- Madison majoring in Environmental Sciences and Sociology. She combines her knowledge of the hard sciences along with social science to tackle important issues surrounding environmental justice. Currently, she is a Social Justice Intern at the University of Wisconsin's Multicultural Student Center (MSC), where she designs curriculum for workshops that she facilitates across campus. This spring she is building a new environmental justice workshop that will be open to students from all across campus. She hopes by bridging the gap between science and society, she can create long lasting legislative change on all societal levels. During her fellowship year, she will begin to find spaces to have workshops for the surrounding Madison community, in hopes of fueling local passion for environmental justice. In particular, she is excited to collaborate with community organizations to combat environmental injustices ranging from food deserts to water crises, like those found in Flint, Michigan.

Dr. Rebecca Blank
Chancellor
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Personal Statement

I grew up living in various socioeconomic worlds, as parts of my mixed family lived with different levels of comfort socially and economically. As I grew older, I began to see how systems of oppression and the legacy of colonialism affect modern day society. Specifically, I came to understand how systems of power purposefully divide communities, creating social stratification based on identity and economic status. My focus of study has been how these divides are intentional and give the platform for certain groups to gain a sense superiority, and how this feeling of superiority is reflected in the functioning of societies' institutions. My life work is to support the communities that have been wronged by these imposed systems of power, and to address the issues at the root of the problem. On campus, I work to promote social justice through creating curriculum and facilitating workshops for students, staff and faculty. Additionally, I am working to create a program focused for local high school students who identify as women of color, to promote healthy relationships, and discuss how to navigate and identify toxic and abusive interpersonal relationships.

Emiliana Lopez
Environmental Science, Sociology - Certificates in Chican@/Latin@ Studies & Environmental Studies: Class of 2020
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Malaika Michel-Fuller, University of Northern Colorado Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Andrew Spencer, University of St. Thomas Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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