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  • Environmental studies (ENVS) at Lewis & Clark is unique: you will learn the newest concepts in the field and cultivate cutting-edge technical and leadership skills to make a creative difference. We will challenge you to cross intellectual, geographic, and communication boundaries as you weave insights drawn from across the sciences and humanities, apply them in local, regional, and global contexts, and learn strategies to connect with the people and institutions you encounter. In so doing, you will draw a larger—potentially more hopeful—circle around environmental issues. You will graduate with a background in environmental science situated in a broader understanding of cultural, political, and other key dimensions of environmental issues, plus skills and experience you can apply to professional opportunities, graduate study, and effective environmental action.

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  • No one can give you a better sense of what it’s really like to study Environmental Studies at Lewis & Clark than our current students and recent alumni.

Meet Our Students

  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/10681-christopher-plechot-binder"><img src="/live/image/gid/186/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/78759_CAS-0419-SPP-Binder-011.rev.1559687211.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4>Christopher Plechot Binder</h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’21</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> College Outdoors, rock climbing, photography, hacky sack enthusiast</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Santa Cruz, California</div><div class="student_profile_overseas"><strong>Overseas program:</strong> New Zealand (spring 2020)</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> Professor Liz Safran has pushed me to do work beyond what I thought I was capable of. In doing so, she has helped me become a better scholar and never lets me settle for anything less than my best.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/13080-shoshana-rybeck"><img src="/live/image/gid/186/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1536,2048/84294_ShoshanaRybeck.rev.1593190060.JPG" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4>Shoshana Rybeck</h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’20</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> J Street U, ENVS elf (program assistant), SAAB tutor, Research Assistant</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Olney, Maryland</div><div class="student_profile_overseas"><strong>Overseas program:</strong> East Africa</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> L&C has made me more confident in who I am and what I can accomplish. It has also made me more aware of all the change that must be made in our world to cultivate peace and justice.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/10671-makayla-simmer"><img src="/live/image/gid/186/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/78764_CAS-0419-SPP-Simmer-033.rev.1559687914.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4>Makayla Simmer</h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’21</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> College Outdoors, Paddle Club</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Haiku, Hawai‘i</div><div class="student_profile_overseas"><strong>Overseas program:</strong> East Africa (fall 2019)</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> College Outdoors has been extremely empowering and important for who I am becoming.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/13077-nicole-godbout"><img src="/live/image/gid/186/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2133,2977/84282_NicoleGodbout.rev.1593109851.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4>Nicole Godbout</h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’20</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> Sustainability analyst with the Sustainability Department, Intramurals, College Outdoors trip leader, research assistant</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Seattle, Washington</div><div class="student_profile_overseas"><strong>Overseas program:</strong> East Africa</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> Be a go-getter! Most of the communities I’m a part of and the opportunities that I had were because I went after something even if I was feeling uncertain about whether I should try.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/8318-sabrina-cerquera"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1367/68053_sabrinacerquera.rev.1505148930.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4>Sabrina Cerquera</h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’20</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME), College Outdoors, Gente Latina Unida (GLU)</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Miami, Florida</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> I have become more open to exploring new subjects, especially with my interdisciplinary education.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/8299-anna-foster"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1367/68023_annafoster.rev.1504905988.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4>Anna Foster</h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’19</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> College Outdoors Roundtable (Student Steering Committee), Assistant Leader for College Outdoors</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Wilmette, Illinois</div><div class="student_profile_overseas"><strong>Overseas program:</strong> New Zealand</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> When I came to visit, it just felt right; I could see myself going to school here and being happy.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/10142-blake-slattengren"><img src="/live/image/gid/186/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,300/76016_BlakeSlattengren.rev.1542830748.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4>Blake Slattengren</h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’18</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> Cross country, track, Environmental Affairs Symposium</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Kenmore, Washington</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> I am proud of designing my own capstone outcome, a graphically-oriented report. It taught me a lot about communicating information visually, a skill that is incredibly useful in the current information age.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/9484-mamelang-memela"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,800,534/72604_mamelangmemela.rev.1528398108.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4>Mamelang Memela</h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’20</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> Student Philanthropy Council, Lewis & Clark International Film Festival, Spirituality Provoking Action and Reflective Conversation (SPARC), and Bantu baAfrika</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Johannesburg, South Africa</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> I really like how many departments in the school incorporate international perspectives in symposiums and other activities on campus.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/10679-skylar-golleher"><img src="/live/image/gid/186/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/78724_CAS-0419-SPP-Golleher-007.rev.1559670371.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4>Skylar Golleher</h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’21</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> SQRC Economics tutor, Environmental Studies SAAB representative, Volunteer for Portland Nightwatch</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Little Rock, Arkansas</div><div class="student_profile_overseas"><strong>Overseas program:</strong> Strasbourg (spring 2020)</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> Calling for large scale, top-down policy change is the most effective way to combat climate change and also hold the bodies in power accountable for their actions.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/10616-tobias-varntoft"><img src="/live/image/gid/186/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,99,640,739/77800_Tobias_Varnhoft.rev.1552932576.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4>Tobias Varntoft</h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’21</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> International Students of Lewis & Clark (ISLC) member, Environmental Studies Symposium organizer, Pioneer Success Institute facilitator, music technician</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Terslev, Denmark</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> I take on more responsibility because of the independence we have at Lewis & Clark, and I have grown into a more authentic self.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/10143-gabriella-francolla"><img src="/live/image/gid/186/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1312,1202/76017_GabriellaFranconolla.rev.1542830748.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4>Gabriella Francolla</h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’18</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> Bike Coop, Coalition for English Education and Social Advocacy (CEESA), circulation assistant at Watzek Library</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> San Diego, California</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> Simply put, I have become a more practical environmentalist, a critical thinker, and have a clearer vision of how our future must look.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/8967-ariel-moyal"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1367/71355_arielmoyal.rev.1519942926.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4>Ariel Moyal</h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’19</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> College Outdoors Trip Leader, Student Academic Affairs Board (SAAB) Tutor and Representative, Writing Center Tutor, Student Leadership and Service Project Coordinator, Geospatial Project Analyst for Watzek Library</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Alameda, California</div><div class="student_profile_overseas"><strong>Overseas program:</strong> New Zealand Spring 2018</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> What I have loved most about my studies is finding and nurturing the connections between seemingly disparate subjects.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/11314-sam-bundenthal"><img src="/live/image/gid/186/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/78704_CAS-0419-SPP-Bundenthal-034.rev.1559255282.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4>Sam Bundenthal</h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’19</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> Swimming, LC Dungeons and Dragons Social Initiative (president)</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Fairfield, California</div><div class="student_profile_overseas"><strong>Overseas program:</strong> New Zealand</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> We only handicap ourselves if we don’t try to understand the world from someone else’s point of view, and explore the scary idea that we ourselves might be wrong.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/13079-juliana-prendergast"><img src="/live/image/gid/186/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/84293_JulianaPrendergast.rev.1593188738.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4>Juliana Prendergast</h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’20</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> Dance X/Y, LCDC, Admissions tour guide </div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Skaneateles, New York</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> Throughout the last four years, my classes, professors, and experiences in the ENVS program have helped me learn how to address multiple sides of environmental issues and understand multiple viewpoints.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
  • <div class="flexbox"><div class="student_profile_image item"><a href="/live/profiles/13074-monai-chanon"><img src="/live/image/gid/186/width/310/height/310/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2400,3200/84279_MonaiChanon.rev.1593101712.jpg" alt=""/></a></div><div class="student_profile_content item"><h4>Monai Chanon</h4><div class="student_profile_details"><div class="student_profile_class">BA ’22</div><div class="student_profile_extracurriculars"><strong>Extracurriculars:</strong> Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME), Great Expectations Mentor Program, Asian Student Union leader, Asian Student Union ASLC representative, Dance Y</div><div class="student_profile_hometown"><strong>Hometown:</strong> Bangkok, Thailand and Santa Clarita, California</div><div class="student_profile_overseas"><strong>Overseas program:</strong> New York (2021)</div><div class="student_profile_quote"><em><p> I know it can be extraordinarily intimidating, but there is such a wide range of resources, from tutors to counselors, that are helpful and available.</p></em></div></div></div></div>
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