Meet the Staff

Internship opportunities for the People of Color Sustainability Collective are offered for the academic year. Interns work collaboratively with other campus Resource Centers and specifically with the AIRC Team. 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

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    Chris Lang, Graduate Student

    Hi! I grew up in Woodside and Redwood City, CA, and I identify as biracial/Black (Black/white). As a 4th-year grad student in Environmental Studies and an intern for the POCSC, I hope to shift narratives around sustainability to provide alternative strategies for eco-social wellbeing. In my own research, I study the relationships between consumer behavior and environmental injustice and uplift BIPOC vegans who strive for zero waste livelihoods.

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    Dr. Rebecca Hernandez, Director

    I'm Dr. Hernandez (Dr. H) and I have served as Director of the American Indian Resource Center for 7 years. I am also one of the Co-Founders of the People of Color Sustainability Collective. I am Mexican American and Native and grew up in Los Angeles. When I'm not at work I like to try new recipes, hike, read mystery novels and visit museums. 


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    Azarely Bedolla, PoCSC Intern

    Hello, I’m Azarely! I love being present in the outdoors and for that reason I decided to study Environmental Science because I enjoy learning about environmental issues and I have an interest in finding ways to solve them. I am mostly interested in climate change impacts on the environment and vulnerable populations. A few things that interest me are rings, painting, and playing the ukulele. I am very grateful to be interning for PoCSC because it is one of the first steps that can be taken to bring more awareness to the inclusivity that should be present within the sustainability and environmental Movement!
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    Maya Caminada, PoCSC intern

    Hi! I am so happy to be studying Anthropology at UCSC and especially excited to be a POCSC Intern this year. Anthropology is a perfect field for me as I have varied interests and care deeply about several large topics, one being advocacy and action towards the climate crisis. Other interests of mine include cooking, watching sports (especially NBA), and being active in nature. I’m hoping that through POCSC I can educate myself and others further about the intersectionality of underrepresented peoples and climate change initiatives.