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Meghan Hoskins, '15
After graduating from the Honors Program at ISU in May of 2015, I worked as a Field Canvasser for Citizens Action Coalition from May to August of 2015. During that time, I campaigned door-to-door, organizing community members across Indiana to support Citizens Action Coalition’s efforts to advocate for renewable energies, energy efficiency, and affordable energy prices in Indiana. In August of 2015 I moved to Keene, NH. I am currently a Master’s student in the Environmental Studies department at Antioch University New England (AUNE). I will graduate in August of 2017 with an MS in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability and a certification in Conservation Psychology.
From October of 2015 through May of 2016, I was a Community Fellow with NextGen Climate NH. During that time, I organized community events focused on raising awareness about climate change and environmental degradation and conducted a Get Out the Vote campaign during which NextGen Climate NH mobilized 11,975 college student voters. Since September of 2016, I have been serving as the Education Coordinator for Antioch University New England’s Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation (CTEC), a non-profit organization that promotes the sustainable and just use of tropical ecosystems via research and education. I am currently working with our staff to organize a research symposium about New Approaches to Conservation Conflicts. Since January of 2017, I have been the teaching assistant for the Advocacy Methods course at my university.
Since January of 2017, I have also been interning with Cultural Survival, an Indigenous led advocacy group that works to advance Indigenous Peoples’ rights and protect Indigenous Peoples’ lands, languages, and cultures around the world. As an intern with Cultural Survival, I am preparing a report about human rights violations against Indigenous women in Guatemala for the 68th Session of the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). I also helped prepare a report about the state of Indigenous Human Rights in Guatemala for the 28th Session of United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review.
In March of 2017, I traveled to Guatemala during spring break. I was in Guatemala for two weeks. I spent the first week travelling with a couple fellow Master’s students from Antioch. During that time, we visited Antigua, an old colonial city, relaxed on Monterrico Beach, and explored Lake Atitlán, a lake surrounded by four volcanoes and thirteen Mayan villages. I spent the second week doing work for Cultural Survival. First, I went to Xela, also known as Quetzaltenango, where I met with a Mayan Ki’che woman who works with Cultural Survival, to go over the CEDAW report for Guatemala. Then, I went to Guatemala City to attend Cultural Survival’s Central American Intercultural Radio Production Workshop on Gender for Indigenous Women Community Radio Broadcasters. The workshop focused on gender, feminism, sorority, creating spaces for women in their community radios, and using their radio stations to advance Indigenous women’s human rights. During the workshop, I presented in Spanish about the CEDAW report and assisted the Cultural Survival team with photography and logistics. I also shared two of my poems in Spanish with the women during a cultural exchange celebration in which many of the women performed traditional dances, sang, and read poetry.
In May of 2017, I will be moving to Washington D.C., where I will be serving as one of AUNE’s U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus Fellows. I will be serving as one of the U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus’s Summer Environmental Fellows. During that time, I will be working with Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs, Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), along with other progressive Members of Congress, on policies to combat climate change and protect the environment.
Greg Bierly, Dean
Pickerl Hall 110
Indiana State University
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM