F&ES 2015 Talent Show!

This past Friday, F&ES students entertained their fellow classmates and showcased their talents! Above, a group of second-year students model their high-fashion-and-function field clothes on the F&ES catwalk. Here are some other highlights form the event:


Second-year Andrew Wu channels his inner Sinatra while crooning “Feeling Good.”

IMG_6919Second-year Adrien Salazar recites a beautifully-written and poignant poem about his experience as a Filipino-American at F&ES.


Resident F&ES yogi James Ball impresses the audience while simultaneously playing viola and completing a sun salutation. IMG_6943

A “Troop of Rabble…

At F&ES, when professors say they are teaching a certain topic or skill “that will be useful to you in the real world,” it’s a reminder that we are here not just to learn technical information, but to develop the capabilities we need to work in dynamic settings.

Since the beginning of MODS and well into the school year, I have worked in many groups and this is not a coincidence. By design, our classes and extracurricular activities require us to work together to solve problems, be it small or large. The expectation is that by training us in this setting, we will be ready to dive right into any professional team environment after graduation.

Recently, I have realized this training has taught me more than just working…

Diverse Events at Yale F&ES

As a first-year MESc (’17) student and member of the EQUID (Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity) Committee here at Yale F&ES, I can tell you that we’ve had a busy few weeks here on campus. A sample of some recent F&ES diversity-related activities you might have missed:

Reverend Lennox Yearwood and the Hip-Hop Caucus
On Tuesday, September 29, Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hip Hop Caucus, spoke in Burke Auditorium as part of the F&ES speaker series Diverse Voices: Environmental Leaders on Climate Change. In a rousing sermon that inspired a standing ovation, Reverend Yearwood drew connections for the audience among energy generation from fossil fuels, racist responses to natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, asthma and air pollution in communities of color…

Dia de los Muertos celebration at F&ES, November 2015. Photo by Adrien Salazar.

The Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee at the School of Forestry is a group of students, faculty, and staff committed to cultivating an inclusive atmosphere at FES, challenging systems of oppression, and fostering a space where a diversity of ideas, values, and perspectives are welcomed and respected.

This year the committee is excited to put on cultural celebrations, community dialogues, and workshops to enhance the role of the School of Forestry in developing culturally competent leaders and driving the discourse of diversity and equity in the environmental field.

Creating a more inclusive environment in F&ES: Changing the application to include non-binary gender options

This coming application cycle, The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies has decided to make a small but significant change to the application. This year, applicants to F&ES who do not identify as either male or female (or who might identify as both) will have the opportunity to apply as their preferred gender identity.

Danielle Curtis Dailey, F&ES’s Director of Enrollment Management, comments on the change:  “We believe that it is essential that F&ES builds a diverse student body, in order to train leaders who will tackle the world’s toughest environmental problems. When we think about diversity, it is in the greatest sense of the word – race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, region of origin, interests, and so much more. We constantly strive to make sure that we…

Penan community, Sarawak. Toponyms are added to maps as they are recorded (Photo by Bruno Manser Fonds)

An indigenous leader walks around the land, stopping at sites used for hunting, collecting nuts, and worship. The points are recorded using a handheld GPS device and then transferred to a computer. These points are overlaid with other land uses in the territory, and a map is produced. The map shows where oil-drilling sites are located on the same place as the community’s ancient burial ground, and where pollution from the oil operations runs through their main water source. The community now has evidence to make a case against the company. This scene was a novelty just a few years ago, but today, it is a reality for many communities around the world.

Can technology and the way it lets us understand the world help indigenous and traditional communities…

Foresters with Talent

I think there’s always a trepidation when beginning to think about returning to school after spending time working, traveling, or taking time off, as there’s a perception that graduate school becomes a vortex of the “all-work and no-play” mindset. While this, to some extent, is a totally true of the F&ES Program, I’ve found that this school supports and encourages social events just as much as it emphasizes academic and professional networking.

Most students here are creative. It makes sense; as environmental professionals and scientists, we’re asked to find new and innovative approaches to help conserve, protect, manage, and use the environment in ways that promote diversity, social justice, and economic prosperity. In this way, our student body is highly diverse in that it brings together thinkers from different…

Photo from La Casa Cultural: The Latino Cultural Center at Yale.

The Latino Cultural Center at Yale works to unify Latinos/as across campus and in the greater New Haven community. The current cultural center has existed since 1977, when La Casa Cultural unified the Puerto Rican and Chicano groups on campus, as well as opened its doors to all Yalie Latinos/as. The center provides a large library of books and resource materials on Latin American subjects, lounges for students to work and gather in, and ESL programs for non-native-English speakers on- and off-campus.

La Casa Cultural invites undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to participate in its events and get involved in the greater community. It serves as a link for Latinos/as across graduate schools, bringing together students from Yale’s Law, Medical, Divinity, and Forestry Schools. The Latino Cultural Center…

The Office of LGBTQ Resources at Yale

The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Resources on campus works with staff, faculty, and students from all of Yale’s Schools to create a network to learn about Yale’s LGBTQ social, cultural, and academic programs and events. The Office provides many services to students, including online databases of resources for the LGBTQ community, one-on-one meetings with staff members to discuss student life, Roundtables for Queer Leadership for LGBTQ networking on campus, and peer liaisons for first-years on campus.

The Office of LGBTQ Resources also hosts and co-sponsors many LGBTQ themed social and cultural events almost every night of the week. Events on campus range from Queer Meditation and Yoga, to Reel Queer Film Screening, to Queer Tea, to Graduate and Professional Receptions, to dance…