Fellows List

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Antionette Fowlkes

Fellowship Year: 
2018
A native of Birmingham, AL, Antionette is an ambitious servant leader, problem solver and organizer. She obtained her bachelors degree in environmental science and environmental health from Alabama A&M University. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Iowa State University in Community and Regional Planning. After graduating in in December she plans to attend law school to receive her JD to assist communities in the fight against environmental inequality, social justice and environmental justice. She is a driven, energetic and compassionate person who desires to see all people living in healthy and vibrant communities.
Foundation Sponsor: 
McKnight Foundation
Host Organization: 
Pillsbury United Communities
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Genora Givens

Fellowship Year: 
2018
Genora Givens was born and raised in Oakland, CA and is passionate about all things water. Genora is graduating from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a Master of Environmental Management in May 2018. She is focused on flood risk and stormwater management in the urban context and is most interested in developing ways to incorporate understandings of social vulnerability and inequity into analysis of geographic risk and watershed management and planning.
Foundation Sponsor: 
Singing Field Foundation
Host Organization: 
Clean Water Fund
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Derell Griffin

Fellowship Year: 
2018
Derell is a current second year student in the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Michigan. He received BS in Horticulture from Michigan State University. As a native of Detroit, he is interested in green development of highly urban areas, not only in the U.S. but also in developing countries. Water management issues, whether it’s storm water or the quality of a stream is of high importance to him as well and he believes everyone should have access to environments that promotes ones mental and physical well-being.
Foundation Sponsor: 
Wege Foundation
Host Organization: 
West Michigan Environmental Action Council

Helen Gutierrez

Fellowship Year: 
2018
Helen is graduating from University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability with an MS in Environmental Justice with an emphasis on climate change and vulnerability on April 28 (!). With a background in environmental health, her primary interests are in climate change and food security, and how that impacts community development. Helen is excited to be in New York City for the first time this summer, working at UPROSE on climate justice.
Foundation Sponsor: 
The JPB Foundation
Host Organization: 
UPROSE
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Teal Harrison

Fellowship Year: 
2018
Teal Harrison is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan and has a M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB). She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Behavioral Biology. Teal is interested in investigating food security and environmental justice issues that affect coastal communities, especially native coastal communities and non-native coastal communities of color. She hopes to collaborate with coastal farmers and fisherman on these issues and apply her training in EEB to developing socially and environmentally just outcomes. Outside of research, Teal enjoys dance, yoga, documentaries, and sunny days.
Foundation Sponsor: 
Erb Family Foundation
Host Organization: 
Erb Family Foundation
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Kareem Heshmat

Fellowship Year: 
2018
I am a Masters candidate in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University in Houston. I discovered my passion for sustainability while volunteering but it wasn’t until 2017 that I would transition careers from financial services to urban planning. My focus is environmental justice and the siting of toxic hazards in low-wealth and minority communities. This semester, I visited Portland, OR over spring break to study bicycle infrastructure and the benefits of alternative transportation. I look forward to working with my 2018 Environmental Fellows cohort this summer and learning from their experiences.
Foundation Sponsor: 
The JPB Foundation
Host Organization: 
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
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Stephanie Hung

Fellowship Year: 
2018
Stephanie Hung is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she earned a master’s in Environmental Health Sciences. She is interested in drinking water quality and environmental justice. She hopes to bring her scientific background and communication skills to push for sustainable policies that prioritize the environment and human health. She grew up outside Washington, D.C. and Taipei, Taiwan. Stephanie has worked as a counselor at a crisis center and a staff member of a grassroots community organizing class.
Foundation Sponsor: 
11th Hour Project (Schmidt Family Foundation)
Host Organization: 
Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy
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Kayla Hunter

Fellowship Year: 
2018
My name is Kayla Hunter, a New Jersey resident and dual Masters student in the Urban & Regional Planning and Public Health at the University of Michigan. I completed a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a Public Health minor at Spelman College. My interests are grounded in environmental justice, building sustainable communities that reduce minority health disparities.
Foundation Sponsor: 
The JPB Foundation
Host Organization: 
The JPB Foundation
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Quenton King

Fellowship Year: 
2018
Quenton is completing his first year at the Columbia University Mailman School of Ira Public Health, where he is an MPH a candidate in Sociomedical Sciences with a certificate in History, Ethics, and Law. Born and raised in West Virginia, Quenton graduated from West Virginia University with a BA in Criminology, Spanish, and Latin American Studies. He is excited to gain experience in environmental justice and grassroots advocacy as an Environmental Fellow at Appalachian Voices this summer.
Foundation Sponsor: 
Mertz Gilmore Foundation
Host Organization: 
Appalachian Voices
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Victoria Loong

Fellowship Year: 
2018
Hailing from Oak Park, IL, Victoria is a 2014 graduate of Purdue University. After working for two years as founding director of the Asian American Cultural Center at Purdue, she began her masters program in University of Michigan where she is now pursuing her interests in environmental policy.
Foundation Sponsor: 
Solidago Foundation
Host Organization: 
Solidago Foundation
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