Meet the Interns: Hi, Olivia!

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Every summer, we get a chance to work with an incredible team of intelligent, inspirational interns, and while they may not be with us for very long, their impact on the WEA team will always be felt. We are so fortunate to have had Olivia join us for part of her summer as part of our Programs + Operations Internship. We love you, Olivia!

Name: Olivia Robertson-Moe
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
If she had a superpower, it would be: Flying

Why did you want to intern with WEA? I wanted to work with WEA because the organization merges two of my main interests — environmental sustainability and women’s rights. I wanted to experience working with a small non-profit, so WEA seemed like the perfect fit.

Tell us about a woman who inspires you. My mother, a talented artist who combines her creative abilities with a passion for social justice to create inspiring work. Her powerful political activism encourages me everyday to dedicate myself to the things that I am passionate about. She effortlessly balances raising three kids, working, and living an exciting, healthy life!

Why women and why the environment? I think women and the environment are similar in the way that they play key roles in our world but are not respected or valued as they should be. Women are powerful change makers, and when empowered can generate creative solutions to environmental issues we are facing.

What does your life outside WEA look like? Most of my life outside of WEA is spent with my family and friends and traveling whenever I get the chance. When I am not in California, I am studying international affairs at George Washington University, attempting to survive East Coast winters.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the Bay Area? My favorite things to do in the bay include eating, hiking with my dogs, taking taco tours of San Francisco (yes, that’s a thing!), cooking with my family, strolling farmer’s markets with friends, and eating some more.

What are you currently reading / watching / listening to? Listening to my friends’ Spotify playlists because I am too lazy to make my own. Reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz and watching Parks and Rec because it’s even better the 5th time!

Meet The Interns: Hola Daniela!

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Originally from Colombia, Daniela is currently working on her masters degree in marketing and public relations. A self-proclaimed food lover, tech and social media geek, Daniela has been working with WEA on keeping our social media drumbeat alive.
If you are looking for Latin American music to get you dancing through the day, check her out!
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“Historically I have always been amazed by women that have led the environmental movement. I would say that women and the environment share and face similar challenges in our society in the way they are perceived, underestimated, and taken for granted.” – Daniela on Women and the Environment
Name: Daniela Salazar
Hometown: Neiva, Colombia 
Superpower: Shape-Shifter

Why did you want to intern with WEA?

When I moved to San Francisco, I was looking for an environmental non-profit to volunteer for that had a global reach, and WEA was it. Learning about WEA’s work, and seeing that it has reached places such as Latin America, it created an instant connection, a connection back home. Knowing that I can have an impact back home all the way from the Bay Area is very rewarding.

Tell us about a woman who inspires you.

From women in my family, to friends, and women that I have worked with, my career and lifestyle have been inspired by these women. Women deal with some many things in their life that I’m just blown away by seeing them live their lives while balancing all aspects of it. But if I had to choose someone to introduce to you, someone that is close to my life and inspires me, it would be my sister. She not only is the most entertaining women I know (she will make you smile in a sec), but she is a smart, scrappy woman, dedicated and loyal.

Why women and why the environment?

That is what I’m learning with WEA! Historically I have always been amazed by women that have led the environmental movement. I would say that women and the environment share and face similar challenges in our society in the way they are perceived, underestimated, and taken for granted.

What does your life outside WEA look like?

Traveling and school! Ok, and food. There are two things that I’m working on full-time right now: my masters and discovering all the amazing food and coffee places in the city! So far so good!

What’s your favorite thing to do in the Bay Area?

Food, food, food! I can’t get enough! Besides that, I love hiking the city with my dog. Also, finding and going to events related to tech, food, and marketing. I also love how close the Bay Area is to some of the most beautiful places in California: Big Sur, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, etc. There are so many places to explore around here!

What are you currently reading / watching / listening to?

Reading: Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Watching: The Walking Dead… Obsessed!

Listening: La Bicicleta by Carlos Vives and Shakira (Colombian music gets me dancing through my day)

Meet The Interns: Hey, Sanjani!

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Meet our Women Crush Wednesday of the week, Sanjani! A mother of two, family service consultant, and ‘House of Cards’ fan, Sanjani joined WEA for the month of May as our Special Projects Fellow. She’s brought her years of expertise working with grassroots organizations to her time with us, and continues to have such an impact on the partnerships she’s helping us to nurture.

"Women - because society is still learning to value them as equal partners. The environment - so that it remains beautiful and functional for the next generation/s." - Sanjani on Women and the Environment
“Women – because society is still learning to value them as equal partners. The environment – so that it remains beautiful and functional for the next generation’s.” – Sanjani on Women and the Environment.

Name: Sanjani Varkey
Hometown: Berkeley
Superpower: Motherhood

Why did you want to intern with WEA? When I saw WEA’s posting I knew this was the organization I would like to begin my re-entry back to the social justice space, after 15 years of motherhood. Of the many things – WEA’s commitment to support women’s grassroots initiatives, and their belief in mutual partnership, spoke to me.

Tell us about a woman who inspires you. My aunt – Dipika. She, to date, despite all hardships, continues to be positive, energetic, reflective, and contributes to the well being of everyone who surrounds her.

Why women and why the environment? Women – because society is still learning to value them as equal partners. The environment – so that it remains beautiful and functional for the next generation’s.

What does your life outside WEA look like? The majority of my time is spent with or for my family. I also work part-time as a Family Services Consultant.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the Bay Area? Walking in Tilden park, yoga at The Yoga Room, and establishing new roots in Berkeley.

What are you currently reading / watching / listening to? I am reading Kitchen of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal. Watching the last few episodes of  the latest season of ‘The House of Cards’ and listening to an audio book  – The Raven boys with my children.

Meet the Interns: Hey, Janice!

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WEA envisions a world where women are resourced and communities are thriving, and our team of incredible summer interns play a key role in making this vision come true for WEA. They’re passionate, hard-working, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see what their energy and creativity will bring to this work and movement.

So for the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing you to our intern team, one Women Crush Wednesday at a time!

First off, meet Janice!

“Women are not only loving nurturers but strong, independent individuals who can make huge strides towards a more sustainable environment” – Janice on Women and the Environment.

Name: Janice Kim

Hometown: Arcadia, CA

Superpower: Cat whisperer

Why did you want to intern with WEA?

When I heard about WEA towards the end of my junior year at UC Berkeley, I immediately applied for it since I was hoping to get more experience in an environmental nonprofit. I really wanted to expand my knowledge on environmental and women’s issues through research which WEA provided along with a group of amazing women to work alongside with.

Tell us about a woman who inspires you.

My grandmother who single handedly raised her five rowdy children and taught them to value family over all else. She’s an independent woman who now additionally pours love and care for all her ten grandchildren and takes more walks than me around her neighborhood.

Why women and why the environment?

Women are not only loving nurturers but strong, independent individuals who can make huge strides towards a more sustainable environment. The environment is what we live in! We only have a finite amount of resources that nature can provide, so taking better care of the environment means taking better care of our future.

What does your life outside WEA look like?

It includes a lot of cooking and eating, hanging out over friends’ apartments, singing along really badly to inspirational power songs, involvement in my church, and not enough studying.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the Bay Area?

Sleeping over at my friends places to talk late into the night or watch movies, go to the pet store to pet cats and bunnies, go restaurant or café exploring in San Francisco, walking down Elm Street and going window shopping, reading books in the shade when its sunny, oh man the choices are endless.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

Reading No Compromise by Keith Green, a biography of an amazing, passionate, Christian singer. Watching any childhood movies that pop up to mind whenever I’m with friends, like Harry Potter, High School Musical, and Kung Fu Panda shorts. Listening to Chance the Rapper’s new album, Coloring Book!

Wishing you peace this holiday season

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The Peace of Wild Things

By Wendell Berry

Clear Lake
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

 

As we gather together with friends and family to celebrate the season of peace and joy, we hope that you offer this point for reflection and wish you all the peace of the natural world. Let us remember the tranquility that can be found all around us and give thanks. As we think about this beautiful poem, may contemplate the effect that the environment has on us as well as the effect we have on it, and the value of this relationship.

Happy Holidays from the WEA family to yours!