Rebecca Stuart ‘10 works with the UN Environment Program in the Caribbean
Rebecca was an international affairs major when she studied at Lewis & Clark and wrote her thesis on the United Nations Environment Program in the Caribbean. Her dream was to work for the United Nations and to one day become Dr. Rebecca Stuart. One year after graduation it seems that her ambitious dream is coming true. After finishing her Lewis & Clark degree, Rebecca became an intern at the UN’s Caribbean office that was the topic of her IA thesis.
When asked how she feels about the environment Rebecca remarked, “Coming to Lewis & Clark really changed how I felt about the environment. Before, I never really worried much about it. However, being in an environmentally conscious school and doing my thesis on UNEP in the Caribbean, I realised the value and importance of the environment. For many people the environment is not simply a passion or hobby, it’s a livelihood. People in the Caribbean live off of the fish they catch and the income generated from coastal tourism. That’s what made me interested. I want to find a way to help the Caribbean develop, but sustainability of the Caribbean Sea is key.”
After working hard for six months at UNEP’s office in the Caribbean, Rebecca has been offered a position as a consultant at UNEP and will be working on important projects such as regional land based pollution awareness.
As much as Rebecca loves her work, she has an importnat decision to make this fall. She has been accepted to several master’s degree programs and has been offered a Dean’s Merit Scholarship –a scholarship awarded to only the top applicants – by the University of Southern California’s School of Public Policy Planning and Development.
Rebecca is well on her way to fulfilling her dreams. After obtaining her Master’s in Public Policy she hopes the earn her Ph.D and then return to the United Nations.