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The UC Santa Cruz Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program seeks to prepare a diverse group of early-career students to lead the future of environmental conservation.

“I came into Stanford with an Environmental Justice background, and while that was crucial for developing my passion for the environment, it also caused me to limit myself to Environmental Engineering careers. I thought building technologies was the only way to protect the environment, and, that thinking kept me from truly embracing nature. I am so thankful to have been selected as a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, which introduced me to the field of conservation ecology. Now, I am stoked to be working outdoors, studying the many organisms that allow our ecosystems to thrive, and working to ensure that all students, regardless of their backgrounds, feel like the outdoors are their space and recognize the fact that many POC, like them, hold ancestral ties to these lands. We aren’t just here for the Environmental Justice work, we’re also here to study the science and celebrate nature’s beauty.”

Manisha Rattu, UCSC Doris Duke Scholar, class of 2016

Manisha Rattu

Educating future leaders in environmental conservation for a better tomorrow