Kristy is connecting students to policy, teaching and leadership.
Kristy is developing a graduate course titled “Facilitating Change” within the Coastal Science and Policy Graduate Program at UC Santa Cruz that will teach students climate change communication, leadership, and skills for stakeholder engagement. Mastering these skills will help them better share research and information after the program. Her courses explore real-world projects to better equip students to organize and execute change.
She is also developing a Climate Science Engagement Fellowship Program during the summer of 2017. Graduate students across the country will learn how to communicate their climate change research with policy makers and the broader public. Kristy hopes to engage an inclusive audience by recruiting students that are underrepresented in environmental science. The fellowship will be housed at the UC Valentine Reserve near Mammoth Lakes and will include class sessions as well as activities in the natural environment. They’ll put their new skills to the test by initiating community-based projects when they return home. After this summer workshop, Kristy will bring them to UCSC to share their experiences and contribute to a podcast made with a nationally syndicated radio station.