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Environmental Justice and Puerto Rico: Historical Roots and Contemporary Issues

About This Project


PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This website represents the collected research of students in a Liberal Arts Honors class at the University of Texas at Austin.  Over the course of the Spring 2019 semester, this class explored issues in environmental justice from both a local and global perspective.  As a final project, the class collectively decided to examine environmental justice in Puerto Rico and then defined areas of research. 

NAVIGATION: To navigate to different sections of the project, click on the "Table of Contents" icon (three horizontal lines) located in the upper-left hand corner.

PROJECT AUTHORS: Listed below are the project authors / students in the course.  Each contributor's name is also a link to the section for which they were responsible.  

Megan Blackburn
: Megan is a third-year student at the University of Texas at Austin, and is majoring in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology. She is interested prehistoric agriculture and ethnobotany. 
Christina De Ayala: Nina is a senior at the University of Texas majoring in Human Dimensions of Organizations with a certification in Professional Mediation & Facilitation and a minor in Business. She aspires to help organizations foster inclusive, creative cultures by empowering the full potential of human capital. 
Ashley Donovan:  Ashley is a third-year student at the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in history. Ashley has interests in environmental justice issues, specifically eco-feminism, and environmental law.
Sarah Hyden: Sarah is a third year Urban Studies and Humanities major interested in community planning, sustainable urban land development, and human-centered design frameworks.
Chloe KershChloe Kersh is a third year student at the University of Texas at Austin, and is majoring in International Relations and French. She is interested in water management, particularly in new ways of integrating stakeholders into local water management schemes.
Brittany Lee: Brittany Lee is a second-year student at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in B.A. Psychology and working toward an Environment and Sustainability BDP, Business Spanish Certificate, and Business Foundations Minor. She is interested in how sustainable and unsustainable practices have affected different communities.
Lizz Loose: Lizz is fourth-year student at the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. She is particularly interested in the human relationship with nature, as well as the human circadian system.
Josephine MacLean: Josephine MacLean is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, she is majoring in Advertising (Media Concentration) and Geography with a minor in Business. She is particularly interested in the connections between indigenous history and environmental justice issues. 
Mel StackMel is a fourth-year student at the University of Texas at Austin, and is majoring in government, with a minor in business administration. Mel is interested in environmental justice issues that pertain to countries in South America. 
Victoria MacClements:  Victoria is a third-year student at the University of Texas at Austin, and is majoring in Plan II Honors and Sustainability Studies. She is interested in environmental and sustainability education, and is currently writing her senior thesis on the efficacy of K-12 sustainability curriculum in creating a more sustainable society. 
Marcellus McKinley: Marcellus McKinley is a third year at the university of Texas at Austin, majoring in sustainability studies with a minor in business. He is interested in creating a sustainable society thourgh economics and policy. 
Robert Mathis: Robert is a second-year student at the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Urban Studies. He is interested in building sustainable and equitable cities.
Brittney VanCuranBrittney VanCuran is a third-year student at the University of Texas at Austin, and is majoring in Sustainability Studies. She is interested in sustainable agriculture and environmental justice. ​​
Osman Yasin: Osman Yasin is a fourth-year student at the University of Texas at Austin, and is majoring in Philosophy and English. He is interested in contemporary poetry and ethics.

Matthew Russell: Dr. Russell (Ph.D., Comparative Literature) is the instructor for the course that generated this resource.  He is a lecturer in Liberal Arts Honors at the University of Texas at Austin.

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