Meet the Staff

Internship opportunities for the People of Color Sustainability Collective are offered at the end of Spring quarter for the following academic year. Interns work collaboratively with other campus Resource Centers. PoCSC student interns learn about and engage with environmental issues while gaining leadership, facilitation, event planning, project management, and research skills. If you have any questions about internship opportunities, please contact us at pocsc@ucsc.edu.


Read about our awesome staff!

    Valeria Paredes

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    Pronouns: She/Her/Ella
    Major: Environmental Studies/Economics
    4th Year

    My name is Valeria Paredes. Chicana and I'm an Oakes College Affiliate. I’m a fourth year double-majoring in Environmental Studies and Economics. This is my third year interning at the People of Color Sustainability Collective. I love working closely with American Indian Resource Center because we must always acknowledge whose land we occupy. I am interested in community health, food sovereignty, land politics, urban planning, herbalism, and more! Environmental justice issues are strongly tied to (and unfortunately contingent upon) economic interests, this inspired me to study both of these areas. I enjoy laying out in the sun, dancing, taking care of my little brother and sister, and eating apples.

  • Lian Utsumi

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    Pronouns: She/Her(s)
    Major: Economics/Environmental Studies 
    4th Year
    I am a fourth year from Los Angeles majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies. This is my third year working with PoCSC. This intern position has taught me so much about Native foodways, sustainability, social and environmental issues, and I am excited to continue to learn, as well as spread this knowledge to others in the community.