Student Aims for Diversity in Conservation


From: Seattle Times (Seattle, WA) –

Growing up in Chicago, (Knox College sophomore) Jesse Okwu’s closest connection to nature was watching environmental documentaries on public television. So when he came to Washington for an eight-week summer program on conservation issues, and visited the state’s national parks and desert landscapes, it was his first real encounter with the wilderness.

By the end of the program, Okwu is thinking about how conservation work could become part of his career path in economics. He is among 26 students from a variety of backgrounds who took part in a program at the University of Washington this summer aimed at broadening the diversity of students who choose careers in conservation and ecology… Read more…