Loni Cantu ’20 Masters of Environmental Management Candidate
Loni is student specializing in ecosystems and land conservation management. I grew up in South Texas the youngest of 6 children. My first “real” experience with nature was during my first job out of college. As a park guide at Grand Teton National Park, I was able to explore, discover, and teach about the natural world around me, for the first time in my life. It was a great privilege to work at the Tetons, and it built a drive in me to support education and environmental opportunities for marginalized youth and communities. I feel everyone should have access to parks, and opportunities to engage and connect with the outdoors. Since that first job, I have had a 7 year career journey through AmeriCorps, GeoCorps, Teach for America, and Peace Corps Fiji. The culmination of my past experiences has manifested into the dream of supporting high-need communities in building deeper more meaningful learning experiences, and to help promote a more peaceful relationship between society and our environment. As a student representative of EQUID, I am very excited to support a more inclusive and empathetic learning space at YSE.