2020-2021 Peer Mentors
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 virtually 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. First-year and sophomore students are encouraged to contact EVST Mentors with questions about EVST.
Lauren Kim ‘21 Concentration: Sustainability & Natural Resources, BA Double Major: Urban Studies
Lauren is passionate about climate resiliency. To her, resiliency is the collective capacity to regenerate social and environmental relationships to adapt for the future. Her work is grounded in principles of environmental justice, traditional knowledge systems, and radical care. Through her work as an environmental justice peer mentor, she advocates for an intergenerational and inclusive climate movement. She hopes to pursue graduate research in disaster mitigation, equitable urban planning, and critical geography. She is an Udall Scholar, UW Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, Greening Youth Woman of Color Environmentalist, and the 2018 Project Green Challenge Co-Champion.
Epongue Ekille ’21 Concentration: Environmental Justice, BA
Epongue is a Global Sustainability Scholar and is currently interning with the Creating Interfaces Project in Karlsruhe, Germany, studying ways in which the Urban Living Lab research method can be more inclusive. For her senior essay, she will be exploring the effects of colonialism on agricultural practices in West Africa. She is also a Creative Member for Students for Carbon Dividends. Epongue is a serious violinist and is former President of the Yale Symphony Orchestra.
Trinidad Kechkian ‘21 Concentration: Energy and Climate, BS Double Major: Global Affairs, BA Multidisciplinary Program: Energy Studies
Trinidad has made it her mission to work on solving the climate crisis in a way that empowers those communities least responsible for and most vulnerable to its negative effects. In her first-year, Trinidad co-founded GREEN, Yale’s action-based sustainability group that strives to implement practical solutions to environmental problems on campus. As a senior, she is currently organizing against Big Food in higher education with Students for Food Sovereignty and around issues of land grabs by universities and other financial institutions with Uprooted & Rising. For her thesis, Trinidad is exploring paths to an equitable transition to clean energy using smart grid technologies, aiming to shed light on one of many injustices obstructing the shift towards a decarbonized society.