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“As things get warmer and more humid, we want to figure out if migrating southern trees can combat some of the effects of climate change,” notes Master of Environmental Studies (MES) student and Southern Species experiment research assistant Amanda Wood (MES ‘18—expected).

“I take their phone calls, e-mail them, organize birthday card drives, look into their cases, help them find legal aid and advocate for them in any way I can. I want them to feel human,” shares K. Celeste Trusty (Master of Liberal Arts ’17), a criminal justice activist for Philadelphia’s wrongfully incarcerated. Throughout her studies and her professional life, Celeste has investigated the social, political, racial and environmental factors in how crime happens, and who gets punished for it.

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Growing up in Puerto Rico, I experienced the metaphysical and psychological impact of living by the water. Going to the beach is so transcendental, and that feeling never escaped me. Having the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program support me and my work for my island proved that I could have an impact on its future,” reflects Tiffany Ledesma (MES ’01), an environmental consultant with CDM Smith for the Philadelphia Water Department and global clean water advocate.

By education, TJ is a Chartered Accountant. Professionally, he is the Director General of Police in India, and Chief of Police in Chandigarh, a territory with a population of 1.3 million. In his role, he commands a force of 7,500 police officers. TJ is passionate about women’s protection, children’s rights and social justice. He has initiated many community programs such as Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action, which imparts vocational skills training to children at risk to help them secure gainful employment.

“I applied to the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program because I felt I could use the research to help raise African-American bar exam pass rates," says Dwayne Allen Thomas (MAPP ’16), Senior Court Attorney to Honorable Cenceria Edwards in the New York Civil Court of Kings County. "I feel prepared to implement what I’ve learned over the course of the past year to make that happen.” 


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