Emma Kearney

Emma Kearney
2012
Major: 
Environmental Studies and Math combined major
Minor: 
Statistics
Hometown: 
Rush, NY
Activities: 
Emma is a community mentor for the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), where she blends student community involvement with pertinent academic coursework. In the course of working at the CCE, Emma has assisted with running both the St. Lawrence County Hunger Project and the Reading Buddies Program. She's also served as a peer mentor at the Quantitative Resource Center (QRC), where she provided math and statistics help for fellow students. Emma is a member of Lettuce Turnip the Beet, an organization that promotes awareness and support of local food and farming within the St. Lawrence campus.

Coming to St. Lawrence, Emma knew she wanted to focus on environmental studies, and throughout her academic career has very much enjoyed the department's offerings. After completing the Climate Change Policy and Advocacy course with Dr. Rosales her sophomore year, Emma traveled with Dr. Rosales and a fellow student to Alaska on a Mellon Grant research project. The team began work on the four-year AKSIK project (Alaskans Sharing Indigenous Knowledge) and interviewed native peoples to collect information on climate change impacts. During her junior year, Emma studied abroad in the Kenya Semester Program where she used skills acquired from AKSIK research to learn more about culture, resource issues, and organic agriculture in Kenya. In the summer before her senior year, Emma interned with the Battery Conservancy in Battery Park City, Manhattan where she worked as a organic farm intern involving local students and restaurants. On her return to SLU in her senior year, Emma is looking forward to further exploring sustainable food systems in her academic and personal lifestyle choices.  Emma is very thankful for the amazing opportunities SLU has provided her. She says these experiences have fostered personal growth and inspiration for future environmental and sustainability work.

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