Shannon Bodeau

University of North Carolina Asheville

Shannon Bodeau, a third year student at the University of North Carolina Asheville, has demonstrated exceptional ability to build relationships and to make our campus more environmentally sustainable. Through her work in the Student Environmental Center, she has focused on student outreach and on connecting environmentalism with social, economic, and gender issues. She is involved with Hyannis House, an organization that offers support networks to women and to the LGBTQ community, in an effort to bring gender and LGBTQ justice to environmentalism. Shannon also currently serves as the manager of ROOTS Garden, a role in which she educates the campus community on sustainable food production. In addition, she is involved with the University's active Divestment Coalition which encourages administrators to divest from fossil fuel corporations. Finally, Shannon has been involved with research on Western North Carolina's salamander population that will help predict the future success of high elevation species.

Mary Grant
University of North Carolina Asheville

Personal Statement

I have always been passionate about environmental issues, but it wasn't until I became involved with my university's Student Environmental Center that I realized the full range of factors at play in them. As a campus garden manager involved with other community gardens throughout the area, I was exposed not just to sustainable food-production practices, but also to the many food security issues present throughout our society. Although community gardens offer a valuable way to increase food sovereignty, I have also begun to delve into the many structural changes that must be made for lasting improvement to take place. In order to address this intersectional approach to environmental justice, I am with the Student Environmental Center to create partnerships between groups that focus on social issues as well as groups centered on the environment. Moving forward, I plan to develop both my own understanding and the understanding at my university of the ways in which environmentalism and society interact, both historically and currently. It is my firm belief that we all exist within one complex system, and therefore can only make meaningful change by acknowledging and addressing this interconnection of issues.

Shannon Bodeau
Biology/Concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Class of May 2018
written 2017

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Erica Cherian, UNC Charlotte Morgan Sweere, University of Central Arkansas Andrew Aboujaoude, University of Central Florida Jaylon Thomas, University of Central Oklahoma Akshayaa Chittibabu, University of Connecticut Marie Spence, University of Denver Nicolette Duong, University of Florida Bobbie Alcanzo, University of Great Falls Eisha Khan, University of Houston-Downtown Alexis Smyser, University of Illinois at Chicago Rudy Amaya, University of La Verne Duane Belanger, University of Maine at Fort Kent Karla Casique, University of Maryland Axel Bayingana, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Sophia Lopresti, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Andrew King, University of Massachusetts Boston Callie Nunez, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Luiza Kinzerska-Martinez, University of Miami Nadine Jawad, University of Michigan Zachary Hayes, University of Michigan - Flint Gemechu Mekonnen, University of Minnesota Madison Bick, University of Missouri - St. Louis Isabel Langlois, University of Montana Shayla McGregor, University of Montana Western Sophie Ramsey, University of Mount Union Jimmy Nguyen, University of Nebraska at Omaha Shannon Bodeau, University of North Carolina Asheville Cristian Ramos, University of North Georgia Karina Judith Ortega, University of North Texas at Dallas Melanie Majeed, University of Northern Iowa Sarah Tomas Morgan, University of Notre Dame Anea Moore, University of Pennsylvania Hashaam Jamil, University of Pittsburgh Wila Matos, University of Rhode Island Edgar Chavarria, University of San Diego Emery Smith, University of South Carolina Isaac Miles, University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Corinne Tucker, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Richard Lee, University of Utah Rena Newman, University of Wisconsin - Madison Bianca Ruffolo, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Joanna (Jo) Niswonger, University of Wisconsin Colleges Yessenia Santamaria, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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