2012 Scholar

Keely L. McCaskie
University of Pittsburgh

Keely L. McCaskie
Keely sees that social justice for the poor, women, people of color, and Indigenous peoples is central to environmental sustainability. She is majoring in environmental studies, sociology, and global studies at the University of Pittsburgh. From working with tribal communities across the U.S. with the Indigenous Environmental Network, to researching local perspectives on a large-scale hydroelectric dam in Ecuador, she has found her calling in building the capacity of communities disproportionately burdened by environmental hazards. Upon graduation, she hopes to return to Ecuador to support the work of Indigenous women’s collectives advocating for food sovereignty and water rights.

How can you describe a weekend of student leaders from across the U.S. with an intense passion to change the world? The Orientation was a phenomenal experience to meet and build connections that I'm sure will last a lifetime.

Emily Bacha, 2009 Udall Scholar


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