WELCOME TO THE NEW HOME OF THE NATIONAL HISPANIC ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL!
WELCOME TO THE NEW HOME OF THE NATIONAL HISPANIC ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL!
NHEC 8th CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL STEM INSTITUTE JUNE 12-21, 2022
To Students, Educators, Environmental Organizations, and other entities:
For those who may not have seen our earlier emails, the National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC) is holding its 8th California Environmental STEM Institute on June 12--21, 2022 at various sites in southern CA. NHEC is still accepting applications from top undergraduate college STEM students, especially from people of color and underrepresented communities. NHEC's Institute in NM will be held August 4-15 and NY/NJ later in the fall.
As with all our Institutes over the last 18 years, NHEC covers all costs -- airfare, meals, housing, science equipment, more -- for those selected to attend. There is no fee to apply or attend. Students are competitively selected from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Regarding eligibility -- students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA; love science and be passionate about the environment; pursuing a science degree in an environmental, natural resource, or agricultural major; possess science-relevant academic coursework; and possess relevant environmental experience(s), past or present. As this is a federally funded program students must either be US Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents to be selected.
The Institute will be held at various sites in beautiful southern CA, including the Santa Monica Mountains and Santa Cruz Island, 20 miles offshore; students will spend 2 ½ days on Santa Cruz, a part of the Channel Islands. NHEC’s federal sponsors -- the U.S. Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and U.S. Geological Survey -- are actively participating in planning and on-site. Students will explore diverse ecosystems in national forests, national parks, and other public/private lands; federal research laboratories; and more.
NHEC Institutes are an intensive, science-heavy, hands-on, 10 day, residential environmental STEM program. Taught by NHEC's skilled Instructors, many with Ph.D's, the Institutes feature multiple high-level presentations on environmental/natural resource issues, environmental science principles, and related field methodologies. The Institutes are designed to give students a high-level, high-quality science experience.
A core element is the Environmental Field Studies, where students conduct air, water, soil testing, plant/vegetation surveys, tree mensuration, and more, with professional-grade science equipment and instrumentation, including for example eDNA. Other learning includes site visits/field exploration on public and private lands; learning/conducting experiments at a federal research lab; sessions on federal internships/jobs in enviro/natural resource STEM fields, and more. Another core element is the active participation of role models--scientists and researchers, especially those of color -- from Institute sponsors and other partners who attend to engage/mentor/share information with the students.
Overall, Institutes are designed to help build the next generation of scientists, researchers, and professionals of color in environmental, natural resource, and agriculture science fields, an area within STEM that still remains severely underrepresented for people of color.
Students should note that the Institute’s federal sponsors will be on-site to actively meet/recruit students for new federal opportunities emerging in internships and jobs, science and technology, climate change and environmental justice, and more.
Regarding Covid--the CA and later NHEC Institutes will be in-person, not virtual. Therefore, to participate students must be fully vaccinated; submit a copy of their CDC card providing proof of vaccination; and follow CDC and State covid guidelines in effect at that time.
Please see the attached CA Institute Fact Sheet for more information on the Institutes, NHEC, and how to apply. Qualified students should act promptly on this unique opportunity, as slots are going fast.
Finally, we ask that you kindly forward this information on to interested students and related colleges, organizations, and more. NHEC thanks you for your help.
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Aside from being the nation's largest and oldest Hispanic environmental organization, NHEC hosts a variety of events around the nation.
The NHEC STEM Institutes are an intensive, residential, strongly science-based, hands-on, from a week to 10 days long conservation education and conservation career programs for top college STEM diversity students, aged 18-22, deeply interested in and actively pursuing an environmental/conservation related major and career in the sciences.
Using our award-winning Environmental STEM curriculum taught by NHEC’s skilled instructors, many with Ph.D’s, students receive in-depth environmental and conservation presentations on a range of issues/methodologies.
There is also a citizen science component to the Institutes. Students conduct Environmental Field Studies (air, soil, water testing, plant inventories, tree ecology, biological assessments, birding, more) using professional-grade, often high-tech equipment. Students will also visit, learn, and use sophisticated environmental science equipment for data and specimen analyses in environmental laboratories. Working in teams,students collaborate, prepare, and give a Final Presentation on the last day of the Institute, using all the data, observations, and metrics they have collected during the program.
If you are a student and want to be considered or if you are an educator, parent or councilor and want to let your students know about the Institutes, be sure and send us your email in the SUBSCRIBE section or through our CONTACT section both below.
On behalf of the National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC), welcome to our website. I invite you to learn more about the mission, goals, and key programs of NHEC - the only national Latino environmental and natural resource organization in the country.
NHEC is a policy, programmatic, and advocacy organization. Fundamentally, we work to ensure that Latinos have a voice, and a seat, at the national environmental decision-making table, whether before federal agencies, the White House, Congress, major green groups, or others.
While NHEC is active in a number of states and local communities across the country, our primary efforts are at the national level, in Washington, D.C. We believe this national-level focus is particularly important, given the dramatic population increase of our community over the last ten years, coupled with the ever-growing range of environmental issues that impact Hispanic Americans. Over the years, one particular area of concentration for NHEC has been “opening the doors of opportunity” – in every way - for Latinos in federal environmental policies, programs, and personnel. We consider this vital, given there are over 20 large federal agencies and departments with major responsibilities for our nation’s energy, environmental, and natural resource arenas. In addition, Federal environmental laws, regulations, policies and programs are many and cross-cutting, with a sweeping, daily impact on all Americans, but especially Latinos.
Given this, NHEC has invested, and will continue to invest, considerable time, effort, and resources to accomplish our mission of “opening the doors” for our community. Doing so will ensure that Latinos are not simply victims of the negative aspects of the environment, such as environmental justice, but rather can also reap the innumerable and positive economic, educational, recreational, and wellness benefits that come from preserving our environment, protecting our natural resources, and safeguarding our public health.
From climate change to environmental justice, from environmental education to green jobs for our youth, from environmental health issues to increasing Latino diversity at federal environmental agencies, and from policy analysis to active advocacy, NHEC seeks to be a strong voice for Latinos before our national policy-makers. We inform, educate, and engage our community and others; help further environmental stewardship among Latinos; and in general, work to fulfill our long established credo “…..because it’s our environment too.”
Thank you for your support, and we invite you to join us in our work.
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