Nature and Health hosts two UW Tacoma summer interns

Nature and Health, an EarthLab member organization, is hosting two interns for the 2022 summer through the EarthLab Summer Internships program. Housed within EarthLab, the internship program is a robust, cohort-based experience for University of Washington undergraduate students to develop interdisciplinary and community-engagement skills. Working alongside community members and researchers, they build their capacity to address pressing environmental issues and generate equitable solutions. The professional work experience, training and mentorship is enhanced by a cohort model of support and connection.

The program supports undergraduate interns from different disciplines who are placed within EarthLab’s member organizations for a 10-week paid internship focused on transdisciplinary research in a variety of contexts.

EarthLab and Nature and Health are thrilled to welcome the first cohort of interns, two of which are working with Nature and Health this summer! Learn more about our interns below.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, INDIGENOUS WELLNESS RESEARCH INSTITUTE (IWRI) INTERN

B.Sc. Biomedical Sciences, Minor in Gender and Sexuality, UW Tacoma

Photo of Andrea GonzalezAndrea Gonzalez (she/they) comes to EarthLab from the University of Washington Tacoma, where they are studying Biomedical Sciences and Gender and Sexuality. After learning about the role of intersectionality in health outcomes in minority populations, they became passionate about innovating health practices that are equitable and culturally appropriate. Andrea is excited to be working with the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute as a research intern.

Andrea is helping develop a global land-based healing and environmental health annotated bibliography. The annotated bibliography will explore the themes of land-based healing, outdoor educational experiences, physiological responses and measurement to being outdoors, and environmental and human health in Indigenous communities. They will join a work group discussing refining a land-based healing model, which other Indigenous Nations can implement across the world. Andrea will co-develop a community report on land-based healing and wellness to be shared with communities in the PNW and across the US and New Zealand.

HEAVEN DENHAM, GREEN SCHOOLYARD PROJECT INTERN

B.SC. Environmental Science-Geoscience, UW Tacoma

Heaven Denham (she/her) is an aspiring environmental scientist, joining EarthLab as an intern on the Green Schoolyards project with the Trust For Public Land. She is graduating in 2023 with a degree in Environmental Science, concentrating in Geoscience from the University of Washington Tacoma. She is passionate about environmental justice, Indigenous rights, and everything earth science related.

Heaven is supporting community engagement efforts to promote the Green Schoolyards project, which aims to renovate and open the public five existing schoolyards in Tacoma’s Eastside. The schoolyards provide quality nature experiences for community members that will increase health, education, and climate/environmental justice and benefits. She is helping assemble a toolkit to share evaluation measures and other findings with practitioners and researchers. She will attend community meetings (virtual or in-person), community celebrations, local events, community input and feedback sessions, and engage with local partners.

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