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Emerson Fellow

Tatiana Villegas

30th Class, 2023-2024

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Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Tatiana Villegas recently graduated from Whitman College with a BA in environmental sociology. Tatiana believes that healthy communities can only flourish when they acknowledge multiple perspectives. Incorporating this belief into her life, she has done research and work that discusses the connection between people and our lands. Specifically, exploring how humans can work to heal the land and thus heal ourselves.

Field placement: Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Tatiana is working with IFAI's Policy Team on creating a needs assessment report to assist possible producers in starting their own urban agriculture operation. She hopes to shed light on current Indigenous operated urban gardens/farms and the positives of using Traditional Ecological Knowledge in agriculture operations.

Policy placement: Center for Law and Social Policy

Washington, D.C.

Tatiana Villegas is working with The Center For Law and Social Policy’s Youth Policy Team to assist in research and projects that are youth focused and led. Tatiana is assisting in writing a research reporting discussing the affects of the climate crisis on youth's mental health. She is also writing blog posts about current issues and policies that are affecting young adults today.