About the Episode

Tune in this month as we talk with Robin Saha, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Montana and 2016 recipient of the Thomas Ehrlich Award for Civically Engaged Faculty, for his work in environmental and social justice, as well as the importance of community engagement. We also talk with Yaz Najeebi, a student at Green Mountain College and one of our Newman Civic Fellows about their work in the field of environmental justice, and their views on the importance of diversity both inside and outside the classroom.

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  • Robin Saha is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Montana and program faculty with UM’s School of Public and Community Health Sciences and its Climate Change Studies Program. He is also notably the recipient of the 2016 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award for his work in environmental and social justice. Dr. Saha has spent his career integrating partnerships into his pedagogy, research, and community activism, and consistently engages his students in real-world environmental problems and connects them with affected communities.
  • Yaz Najeebi is a senior at Green Mountain College in Vermont, and one of our Newman Civic Fellows, recognized for their commitment to environmental and social justice. They are Executive Director of Vermont Student Power Network, a statewide network of student activists that fight for energy independence in Vermont (among other things). Yaz is also on the Board of Directors at the Power Shift Network in Washington, DC.

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