Victoria Sanchez (She/Her) | Research Assistant 2022-2023
Project: Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: Narrative Analysis
Major: Business Economics and Urban Studies
I chose both of my majors because I want to gain a unique and valuable perspective on the intersections between business, economics, and urban development. I am interested in a possible career in, urban planning, or community development, where an understanding of economic principles and business practices is important in creating sustainable and equitable urban spaces.
Why the Blum Center? I chose to be a research assistant with the Blum Center because it focuses on addressing poverty, inequality, and democratic governance at local, national, and global levels. I was also interested in the center’s interdisciplinary approach since it encourages collaboration among students, and community partners, providing a unique and enriching environment.
Why this project? As a first-gen student and member of the Latinx community, I am deeply committed to promoting cross-cultural understanding and inclusivity. I have been involved with non-profit organizations focused on environmental justice throughout my undergrad career and am excited to contribute to Dr. Richard Matthew’s project on Indigenous peoples and climate change. Through my experiences, including research, club positions, work, and volunteer opportunities, I have gained an appreciation for the importance of including diverse perspectives in programs, policies, and laws that are typically marginalized or ignored. By combining my passion for environmental justice with my commitment to cross-cultural understanding, I hope to make a positive impact on both the environment and society as a whole. My experiences have given me a unique perspective on the challenges faced by marginalized communities and the importance of creating spaces where individuals from diverse backgrounds can come together and feel heard.
What’s next? After I graduate I will take a 1-year gap to be able to gain experience working for a non-profit organization or working for a City. I then hope to pursue a master’s degree in Urban Regional Planning and Business Administration.