Miriam Solis, a Ph.D student in the department of City and Regional Planning has been chosen as one of twenty environmental scholar recipients of the 2017 Switzer Environmental Fellowship, a program of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. The Switzer Fellowship Program recognizes the achievements of environmental leaders and their potential to drive positive change. The Switzer Environmental Fellowship is the hallmark of Switzer Foundation programs and this year’s Fellows represent an impressive diversity of backgrounds and research expertise.
Each year, the felowship awards 20 promising environmental graduate students $15,000 each to help complete their masters and doctoral degrees in New England and California. The purpose is to aid in the advancement of their skills and develop their expertise to address critical environmental challenges.
“We are proud to be selecting our thirty-first cohort of Switzer Fellows this year. The 2017 Fellows represent the diversity of environmental issues, leadership approaches and backgrounds that are essential to face today’s environmental problems,” said Lissa Widoff, Switzer Foundation Executive Director. “Increasingly, we see that environmental problems are also social problems. Switzer Fellows share a passion and commitment to improving environmental conditions and reflect diverse communities concerned about environmental impacts. We must learn to work together for positive change, and our Fellows are doing just that.”
Miriam Solis is a UC Berkeley Chancellor's Fellow in the Department of City and Regional Planning. She specializes in environmental planning, with a specific focus on social justice, infrastructure, and sustainability. Her current project highlights how adversely impacted low-income communities and communities of color contest and shape infrastructure development and maintenance programs. Her project design applies action research methods.
Miriam engages in collaborative, interdisciplinary research as an associate with the UC Berkeley Infrastructure Initiative and the Institute for Urban and Regional Development. As part of her work to promote equitable access to higher education, she is a representative on the university's Chicanx/Latinx Task Force to improve campus climate issues. Her scholarly pursuits are informed by professional practice, including work for the cities of San Francisco, New York, and Richmond, CA, as well as for the Greenlining Institute. She holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The deadline for 2017 Switzer Environmental Fellowship Applications is January 8, 2018.