Freshwater Future is proud to host two graduate students, Mya Shiloh and Nicholas Stewart, from the Environmental Fellows Program this summer. The Environmental Fellows Program operates out of the Yale School of the Environment, and provides opportunities for historically underrepresented students in the environmental workforce to gain work experience in environmental philanthropies, the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, and government agencies. The twelve-week summer internships help program participants to gain work experience, knowledge and build the skills and networks needed to nurture their careers.
This summer, Mya will be assisting the Flint Water Lab with data management and outreach as well as with Freshwater Future’s stormwater app, Flood Focus, in Detroit communities and supporting local partner organizations to track and address flooding. Nicholas will be investigating restoration and justice work being done at the Great Lakes Areas of Concerns through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Read more about our fellows below!
Freshwater Future Environmental Fellows, Mya Shiloh (left) and Nicholas Stewart (right), pictured together at the Michigan Environmental Justice Conference in Detroit this June.
Nicholas Stewart a Jamaican-American scholar, having earned a BS in Geology at the University of South Florida and currently earning a MS in Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He has studied the water crisis through different foci in Ghana, Jamaica, Australia, and Senegal. His current interest focuses on intersectional justice through and within reparative planning. He is a Yale Environmental Fellow as well as Community Clean Energy and Environmental Justice Fellow at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and a Gilman Scholar Alumni. He enjoys various self-care practices rooted within intentionality.
After Mya Shiloh received her B.A in Environmental Studies with a minor in Environmental Impact Analysis, she sought to continue her academic journey in the field of environmental justice. Mya is currently a Master of Science Candidate at San Jose State University, researching racial disparities present in environmental pedagogy at the college level. For the past three years, she has been working as a student advisor and advocate specializing in oral communication and active listening. With her background in community outreach, and knowing what it feels like to be socially and institutionally “othered,” Mya’s work focuses on developing actionable, practical, and equitable solutions for underrepresented populations.