TGIF Spotlight: Andrea Luna
Our TGIF Project Leader Spotlight this month features Andrea Luna and her project “Decolonize the Environment: A Series of Workshops on Environmental Intersectionality”.
Andrea is a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Society and Environment with a minor in Race and Law. After transferring from East Los Angeles College, where she experienced the intersections of environmental injustices, Andrea became an Environmental Justice Associate for the Student Environmental Resource Center at UC Berkeley. The idea for her project originated from the results of a survey, Amanina Shofry, previous Environmental Justice Associate, conducted during the time of the #EnvironmentalismSoWhite campaign at UC Berkeley. Throughout this project, Andrea’s favorite part has been being able to meet people from different communities and organizations and obtaining the opportunity to learn from their expertise and perspective.
Andrea explains the significance of her project for sustainability efforts at UC Berkeley for the campus as a whole in the sense that these conversations about Environmental Justice are still occurring outside of classroom lectures and classroom assignments. She states, “We need to let people know that this work isn’t new. You can incorporate Environmental Justice in every discipline and every course you want to take.”
Andrea’s advice for future TGIF grant seekers is to have a partner and stick with your timeline–it will be the greatest tool to have in terms of facilitating your project! After graduation, Andrea plans on accepting a recent job offer as the Communications and Development Coordinator at East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, a local non-profit in Los Angeles.