Olivia Aguilar

Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment; Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

Olivia Aguilar is a first-generation college student who completed her B.S. and M.S. in horticulture Science at Texas A&M University where she studied children’s gardens and their effect on youth environmental attitudes. After teaching in public schools, she went on to receive her Ph.D. in natural resources at Cornell University, studying theories of learning in environmental education. Her scholarship lies at the intersection of community, race and transformative learning in environmental education. Specifically, she examines how and why environmental and science learning communities are exclusive and how they can be more inclusive of groups traditionally marginalized. She has published articles in Environmental Education Research and in the Journal of Environmental Education. She has book chapters in Across the Spectrum: Resources for Environmental Educators and in Urban Environmental Education Review and has written for Truthout. Her current research involves collecting oral histories from Latinx members to re-frame what it means to be “outdoors.”

News Stories

Aguilar named head of Miller Worley Center, October 22, 2019

Recent Campus News

This is a digital banner that reads, "Welcome Class of 2024!" It is overlaid on a photograph of a past convocation with students in bright colors gathered for the ceremony.

MHC’s first virtual convocation

The College’s first virtual Convocation centered the lifelong relationships, connections, and joy and resilience of the Mount Holyoke community.

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Meet Mount Holyoke’s newest faculty 2020

Mount Holyoke’s newest faculty bring cross-disciplinary scholarship to the College’s thriving intellectual community.

Nine faculty members have been granted tenure. Top row, l-r: Olivia Aguilar; Riché J. Daniel Barnes; Thomas Ciufo. Middle row, l-r: Naomi Darling; Nina Emery; Kerstin Nordstrom. Bottom row, l-r: Heather Pon-Barry; Jared Schwartzer; Jennifer Wallace Jacoby

Nine faculty receive tenure

The Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees has voted to grant tenure to nine faculty members spanning disciplines from gender studies to physics. 

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When contagion meets climate crises

Olivia Aguilar, director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, considers the ramifications of climate displacement and community contagions.

Olivia Aguilar, the new Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment

Aguilar named head of Miller Worley Center

Olivia Aguilar has been named the new Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment at Mount Holyoke College. 

Recent Publications

Aguilar, O. (2020, March 26). Are We Prepared for a Climate Crisis in the Middle of a Pandemic? Truthout. https://truthout.org/articles/are-we-prepared-for-a-climate-crisis-in-the-middle-of-a-pandemic/