Olivia Aguilar's research interests lie at the nexus of race, community and transformative learning in environmental education. To this end, she believes that education for and about the environment is most successful when pursued as a community and regularly involves community and project-based learning in her classes. With an interdisciplinary background, she has taught a variety of environmental courses from introductory courses to Environmental Education, to Food Equity and Empowerment, and Sustainable Agriculture. Her current book project involves collecting oral histories from Latino/as to re-frame what it means to be “outdoors” in their own words.
Jenica M. Allen
Jenica Allen is the Campus Living Lab Manager at the Miller Worley Center for the Environment. Allen is an ecologist with a diverse research background in plant ecology, global change, quantitative methods, and GIS and currently works collaboratively with ecologists, resource economists, computer scientists, and natural resource managers on invasive plant issues. At the Miller Worley Center, she collects and manages environmental monitoring data on campus, provides interdisciplinary curricular support for use of the Campus Living Lab, promotes the discoverability and use of Campus Living Lab resources, and assists students and faculty with environmentally-oriented independent research on campus.
Jordan Lassonde ’16
Jordan Lassonde ’16 is the Sustainability Program Coordinator for the Miller Worley Center for the Environment. She majored in English Literature while attending Mount Holyoke and continued her studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam earning her Masters in 2017. Lassonde developed her program management skills during her recent work with the College’s Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program. With her strong humanities background, she is excited to contribute to the center’s efforts in fostering a culture of sustainability across departments and across campus.
Ruby Maddox is the Internship Coordinator at the Miller Worley Center for the Environment and the Study Abroad Coordinator at the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. Ruby has over 12 years of experience working in higher education and experiential learning. Ruby is the co-founder of Gardening the Community; a youth urban agriculture and food justice organization in Springfield, MA, and Leaders of the Free World; an international experience and leadership development program for young black men.