Peer Mentor Program

To more effectively disseminate valuable information regarding the major, the Yale College Dean Office has established an informal peer mentoring system. Peer mentors are trained to convey advice and information to their peers, as a way of increasing and diversifying mentoring resources within majors. Environmental Studies peer mentors will meet with prospective and current majors to provide advice and information regarding EVST. They can answer questions about what it’s like to major in EVST, what classes you may wish to take in the major, and how to find your concentration courses. Occasionally, mentors will hold community-building events and participate in the academic fairs for first- and second-year students. First-year and sophomore students are encouraged to contact any of the mentors with questions about EVST, and attend their events.

2019-2020 Peer Mentors

Contact Natasha Feshbach ‘20 here.

Concentration: Food & Agriculture, BA

Natasha is interested in environmental communications and is writing her senior essay on the effectiveness and accessibility of social media as a means of environmental communication and female empowerment. ⁠ She spent her summer working at the New Haven Land Trust - a local non-profit that focuses on land conservation, community gardening, and environmental education. Natasha is the caption of the Women’s Track and Field team, a president of Yale Women’s Athletic Council, and the Social Media Coordinator for EVST.

Contact Addison Luck ‘20 here

Concentration:  Environmental Humanities, BA

Addison spent last June interning for the Boulder Rights of Nature’s and the Earth Law Center and spent the rest of the summer in Ecuador conducting research on the rights of nature movement for his EVST senior essay. Addison played varsity soccer for his freshman and sophomore years before studying abroad at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand during his junior year. He’s worked for the Urban Resources Initiative and the Yale Office of Sustainability. As a part of the Yale Carbon Challenge, Addison started a communal compost in Pierson. He plans to pursue a career related to environmental law and the rights of nature movement.

Contact Gemma Shepherd ‘20 here

Concentration: Biodiversity & Conservation, BS

Gemma spent this past summer in the Costa Rican rainforest as a part of a field research class on biodiversity and sustainability with the School for Field Studies. She also spent six months studying in New Zealand during her junior year. ⁠ Gemma’s favorite courses at Yale have been EVST. For her senior essay, she is exploring chitosan as a biodegradable biopolymer for food packaging. She is the Sustainability Captain for the Track & Field and Cross Country Teams.


Contact Jack Schleifer ‘20 here

Concentration: Biodiversity & Conservation, BS

Jack received a Summer Environmental Fellowship last summer to conduct research with the National Park Service in Woodstock, Vermont. He is writing his senior essay on the effects of silvicultural management on songbird communities in Vermont’s Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. Jack works as a tutor for the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project, does research at Yale’s Canine and Primate Cognition Lab, and is the President of OneVoice Movement, a global initiative supporting grassroots efforts to bring about a just and negotiated solution to conflict in Israel and Palestine. Jack is also a FOOT leader and manages the Branford buttery. ⁠

Contact Lauren Kim ‘21 here

Concentration: Sustainability & Natural Resources, BA

Lauren is double majoring in Environmental Studies & Urban Studies. She is passionate about building community-based, participatory movements for justice and has worked on collaborative projects related to urban aging, sound mapping, and traditional ecological knowledge. She is a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar at the University of Washington and is returning from a gap year in Taiwan where she explored ideas of food sovereignty and climate resilience in coastal & island communities. She has worked at the Yale Farm, Office of Sustainability, and Environmental Justice Clinic at the Yale Law School. She currently serves as a Dwight Hall Urban Fellow with the New Haven Food Policy Council and organizes with the Student/Farmworker Alliance. Through her work, Lauren aims to center the voices of our most affected communities and fight for a more equitable environmental field. She loves maps, plants, poetry, and fermented foods.