We have such an amazing team of young leaders working behind the scenes to support our global programs and home-base operations as part of WEA’s Internship Program!
Meet Kajol Gupta, a passionate young leader committed to change and equity who has jumped right in to support our growth as a Programs + Operations intern in this exciting time for WEA. We are so lucky and honored to have her bring her incredible skill set and warm spirit to our team this fall. Help us welcome Kajol and read more about her below!
Name: Kajol Gupta
Role at WEA: Program & Operations Intern
Hometown: Los Angeles
Fun Fact: I learned how to knit when I was in second grade, and have been knitting ever since!
Why did you want to intern with WEA?
I major in Environmental Justice and Gender Studies at UC Berkeley – so interning at WEA gave me the best platform to put both of my passions to work! WEA combines women’s rights with environmental plights, and is able to support multiple communities using horizontal knowledge structures, which is right up my alley of interest. Also the vast number of communities WEA interacts with on an international as well as transnational level, without superimposing any hierarchies of knowledge, piques my interest, as such work is important to me.
What’s your go-to strategy for lessening your environmental/climate footprint?
This is definitely a hard-hitting question! I bike to work and school everyday, participate in food-buys with my house to reduce food-waste, compost/recycle as much as I can, and try to consistently buy second-hand. Even though the slogan “vote with your dollar” has some severity and power in terms of reducing an environmental footprint, I really do believe that it can only go so far in a capitalist context (yes I am really going there right now). I may do a lot of individual actions to reduce my climate footprint, but real transformation comes from structural/systemic strategies, rather than simply individual.
Tell us about a woman who inspires you.
My mother. 10000%. I could list a series of successes she has accomplished throughout her life to tell you why she inspires me, but more so, she inspires me because of how she is able to handle life. Life can be difficult, and in the face of any challenge, she is the most courageous, warm, and reassuring. I aspire to have that level of foresight in handling difficulty!
What’s your favorite thing to do in the Bay Area?
I love so many things in the Bay Area, and I don’t think I can limit myself to one. If anything, I would say all the little things associated with living here: exploring Telegraph, hiking the Berkeley Hills, and spending time with my community I made here.
Any community events coming up you’re excited about (bonus points if it’s women-led/organized!)?
Can’t think of any events at the moment, but I did participate in the global climate strike a few days ago, which was simply amazing to be a part of!
What are you currently reading / watching / listening to?
Currently listening to Chance’s new album The Big Day; I haven’t been able to stop listening to it since it came out! Definitely re-watching all of The Office right now, and reading How to Be an Antiracist By Ibram X. Kendi!