2021 Organizing Fellowship

Meet our Fellows!

 

 


Grace Bassekle (she/her) is a rising second-year student at Carleton College, a small liberal arts college in Northfield, MN. At Carleton she is involved in Sunrise Carleton, Divest Carleton, KRLX (the college radio station), and CarlsAct. She is a prospective economics major, and wants to become a developmental economist after completing undergraduate and engaging in the peace corps. Grace recognizes the importance of organizing, especially grassroot organizing, in order to shatter the status quo. It is (and has been) an extensive and difficult process on all fronts, but she enjoys the fight. In high school she organized for Minnesota Youth for Climate Justice and participated in the state divestment campaign. The campaign led her on the path of joining Carleton's divestments campaign. She is optimistic about Carleton's divestment campaign and is electrified to be able to participate in a fellowship with brilliant minds.

Sophie Capobianco is entering their senior year at Muhlenberg College studying music and theatre. They have been involved in organizing with Sunrise Movement and College Climate Coalition, Bernie 2020, and with candidates for local government in their home state, Connecticut. At Muhlenberg, Sophie heads Sunrise Muhlenberg’s divestment efforts. After graduation, they hope to pursue graduate education in performance studies with a focus on decolonial theory. They could not be more excited to learn from and with the Divest Ed 2021 cohort!


    

 

Charlie Cooper is a rising sophomore at the University of Maine studying Ecology and Environmental Science with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture. He has been involved with justice organizing throughout Maine as a member of Maine Youth for Climate Justice and CHRHS Windplanners Sustainability Club. Currently, he is the president of Divest UMS, a student organization at UMO advocating for fossil fuel divestment from the University of Maine system endowment. He is passionate about being a good citizen of earth by working toward sustainability, equity, and justice across environmental, social, and economic spheres. In his spare time, he enjoys the natural world by practicing permaculture, mountain biking, and hiking. As a Divest Ed fellow, he is excited to learn organizing skills and hear the perspectives of other like minded young activists.

    

Eve Downing is from Sterling, Alaska and a freshman at Northwestern University. She plans to double major in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Eve is a member of Fossil Free Northwestern, an organization dedicated to fossil fuel divestment at Northwestern. She is an Arctic Youth Ambassador, and on the board of Cook Inlet Keeper. Through these positions she works to spread awareness for issues that are affecting arctic communities.  Eve is passionate about working within communities to create regenerative energy systems through a just transition. As part of the Divest Ed fellowship, she is looking forward to building a community with the other fellows as well as gaining a better understanding of how to catalyze change.

 

Laura Doyle Péan is a queer haitian-quebecer poet and law student committed to social justice and fascinated by the relationship between art and movement work. Born in Nionwentsïo (or Quebec City), where they first got involved in intersectional feminist, LGBTQIA2S+, migrant justice and racial justice organizing, they moved to Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang (Montreal) in 2019, to attend university, and joined the divestment movement at the beginning of their first year. An active member of the Divest McGill campaign, they are currently part of a working group doing research on school governance, in order to democratize decision-making processes at McGill University.

 

 

Emma Hjelle (she/they) is a third-year student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where she studies sociology, sustainability studies, and economics. They are a member of Students for Climate Justice at UMN where they work on base-building for university fossil fuel divestment as well as outreach and support in solidarity with other progressive campaigns on campus and in the greater Twin Cities area. Aside from environmental justice work, Emma is part of a campus-community struggle for civilian control of the University of Minnesota police department alongside her friend and comrade Khalyma Robbinson. She looks forward to learning from Divest Ed, applying new knowledge and skills back to her divestment campaign, and making new friendships in the process! :))

Aviva Meyerhoff is a rising senior at Gustavus Adolphus College double majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography. She has been involved in local climate justice work since high school in her hometown of Minneapolis. She has served as the co-president of the Gustavus Environmental Action Coalition and works as a Sustainability Intern, advancing sustainability initiatives in an interdisciplinary manner across campus. She is interested in the powerful nature of divestment not only from the fossil industry, but as a tool for intersectional social justice across society.

Eloise Navarro is a sophomore pursuing majors in international studies and Romance languages and minors in environmental studies and Latin American studies at the University of Oregon (UO). Eloise is passionate about the intersection of environmental justice, culture, language, and community-building. She is currently a campaign coordinator for the student-led organization, Climate Justice League, where she leads the UO Divest Campaign. After working on campus divestment, Eloise hopes to continue working to dismantle the fossil fuel industry as a grassroots organizer and later work in international settings.

 

Sophie Price is a third-year university student at Carleton University. She is majoring in Journalism while also pursuing two minors in environmental and Indigenous studies. She has been a climate activist since 2019 when she founded the group Fridays For Future Brighton. Sophie is a coordinator of Climate Strike Canada, the national network of youth climate activists, and a member of Climate Action Carleton. In 2020, she founded the Divest Canada Coalition, aiming to get universities and colleges to divest from fossil fuels. In November of 2020, Sophie represented Canadian youth at the international conference MockCOP26. Sophie loves the outdoors and will take any chance she gets to take a walk through the many trails near her home.

Khalyma Robinson is a junior at the University of Minnesota studying Environmental Science with a focus in Conservation and Resource Management. Khalyma organizes with UMN Students for Climate Justice and UMN Students for a Democratic Society and works to empower young people and marginalized communities and to progress the movement for racial + climate justice.

 


    

Aden Singh is a rising junior at the University of Cincinnati studying Environmental Studies and Political Science. She has had past organizing experience with organizations such as SunriseBoston, SunriseCincy, and a local political campaign. She is hoping to revitalize FossilFreeUC on her campus in the fall semester by organizing more strategic campaigns, increasing the student participation in the group, and bringing a racial justice framework to the organization. Aden is passionate about building justice for marginalized communities through advocacy and re-investment. She is eager to be a DivestEd fellow, and to be in a community-driven program that empowers the fossil fuel divestment movement. 


    

Alisha Soni is a sophomore at the University of Southern California double majoring in Environmental Studies and NGOs and Social Change. Alisha is particularly interested in issues of sustainability and conservation as they relate to contemporary food systems. In her educational and professional career, she hopes to bridge conversations among farmers, vendors, chefs, and food justice activists to address the widespread environmental and social implications of food insecurity, particularly in Latin America. Alisha is so excited to be a part of this cohort of fellows to grow her organizing skills to apply in her on and off campus work in the future. In her free time, Alisha enjoys reading, listening to music, being outdoors, and trying new foods.

    

Sarah Sterinbach is a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania possibly studying environmental science or neuroscience with a minor in urban education policy. She is an education and outreach coordinator for Fossil Free Penn (FFP), Penn’s divestment group. Sarah is very interested in connecting climate justice with other forms of social justice and uplifting the voices and demands of those most affected by environmental injustice. She is excited for Divest Ed to meet other students passionate about environmental justice and learn more about organizing! Sarah hopes to bring what she learns back to FFP as we (hopefully) transition to in-person organizing again.

    

Oscar Turner is a sophomore at Yale university, majoring in Environmental Studies and Psychology. Oscar is from the Snuneymuxw First Nation with British Ancestry on his Father's side, and was drawn to environmental activism through Indigenous rights and land defence issues. Oscar is an active member of Yale's Endowment Justice Coalition, a non-heirarchical organisation that campaigns for divestment of Yale's endowment from funds that cause social harm such as fossil fuels and preditory debt. Oscar intends to pursue a career in environmental legislation and policy post law school. 

 

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