RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Vera Petrovic
Research Assistant

Vera Petrovic is a junior at Lawrence High School, in Lawrence, Kansas. She has previously been involved with the Rising Voices Youth Climate Initiative, and has fostered a love for environmental preservation and social justice since a young age. Outside of her environmental engagement, Vera participates in debate, student council, and Habitat for Humanity. In the future, she hopes to study environmental sociology and psychology, with a focus in the historical trauma that has impacted indigenous communities.

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Amanda Pantoja
Research Assistant

Amanda Pantoja is a fourth year Environmental Studies and Chicana/o Studies major at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was born and raised in Southeast Los Angeles where her love for building strong communities and helping others first ignited. Growing up surrounded by polluting industrial facilities also made her cognizant of the environmental injustices imposed on communities of color. As a young adult, Amanda was a youth organizer with Communities for a Better Environment and actively worked to empower her community. Amanda has continued to join groups and organizations that fight for the wellbeing of people and the environment. She currently works with Food and Water Watch as a student organizer on a campaign to ban new oil wells in Santa Barbara County. She feels strongly about promoting a holistic relationship with the Earth so that we have clean air, clean water, and clean soil for generations to come.

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Julia Feldman
Research Assistant

Julia Feldman is a fourth year Environmental Studies major at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She is a Dean's Honors student and also working towards a certificate in Technology Management. After working for UCSB Adventure Programs and Health and Wellness for two years, she began working with UCSB Sustainability on programs such as PACES Green Certification and the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. She is fascinated by the concepts of industrial ecology and circular economies, and hopes to combine her passion of protecting the environment to industries such as fashion to help clean up their practices. Her goal is to one day start her own line of sustainable clothing and make conscious consumerism accessible for all. In the meantime, she works closely with an organization called the Isla Vista Trading Post (IVTP) to recycle clothes, extending their lifetimes, and providing free pop up thrift shops in her college community. In her free time, Julia loves to write music and is the lead singer of a band in LA called BNTLY. After graduation, Julia hopes to obtain her masters in Sustainable Business Management.

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Paige Atkinson
Research Assistant

Paige Atkinson is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara majoring in Environmental Studies with a certificate in Peace Corp Prep. When she’s not in class, Paige spends time working with the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration on native habitat preservation and education. She is also a student facilitator with the Kids in Nature program, which brings ecological and environmental education to local schools. Paige is passionate about understanding and cultivating connections between people and the environment, while striving for a more environmentally conscious society. She is excited to be a member of the LiKEN team to help promote a more socially and environmentally sustainable future.

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