JEDSI Fellows

Ryan Anderson  

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MEM ‘23 

Ryan is a Master’s of Environmental Management candidate specializing in environmental justice at Yale School of the Environment. After Ryan received her BA in Environmental Studies from Brown University in 2018, she moved back to her hometown of Salt Lake City, UT, where she worked as a Community Program Coordinator for the nonprofit Utah Clean Energy. As a Community Program Coordinator, Ryan helped incorporate principles of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion into the organization’s policies and programs. Moving forward, Ryan hopes to advocate for underrepresented communities and explore the relationship between queerness and environmental inequality. 


Kiera Quigley

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MEM ‘23

Kiera Quigley graduated from Michigan State University in 2019 with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife and is an alumna of the 2019 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. Following graduation, Kiera gained experience in outdoor education at the Pali Institute in Southern California and served with AmeriCorps at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka, Alaska. Her past research experiences through the Doris Duke Program include air quality monitoring in Detroit and urban green infrastructure implementation in the Great Lakes Region. 


Julia Talamo

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MEM ‘23

Julia Talamo is a Master’s of Environmental Management candidate at Yale School of the Environment specializing in people, equity, and the environment. Julia Talamo completed her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Geography as Posse Scholar at Mount Holyoke College. Her passions within environmental justice include food justice, public health, and environmental accessibility. Her research with the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program looked at the challenges of small farmers and farmers of color in the Midwest. She has also completed research with the Landscape Architecture Program at The University of Michigan. This past summer, she worked for The Nature Conservancy, auditing trails and preserves to increase their accessibility.


Destiny Treloar

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MESc ‘23

Destiny Treloar is a Masters of Environmental Science (MESc) candidate at the Yale School of the Environment focusing on environmental justice and urban politics. She is working with Dr.Dorceta Taylor at the JEDSI lab. Destiny is very interested in studying the disparities found in food access among Latinx/e families and developing multifaceted solutions to reduce and eliminate such inequalities. Prior to her graduate studies, Destiny earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Politics at Mount Holyoke College. During her undergraduate studies, Destiny interned for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholar Program at the University of Michigan and Yale School of the environment, City of New Haven Food Policy and System Division, Ministry of the Environment of Ecuador, Clean Water Action, Planned Parenthood, and organized for several political campaigns.


Jayson Velazquez

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MESc ‘23

Jayson Velazquez is a Master’s of Environmental Science (MESc) student advised by Dr. Dorceta Taylor and is a member of the JEDSI team at Yale School of the Environment (YSE). He is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environment and Natural Resources. Jayson spent two years in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) both at the University of Michigan and Yale School of the Environment. In DDCSP, his research team studied the social justice implications of implementing green infrastructure in Western Michigan. Through DDCSP, Jayson also interned with the Urban Ecology Wellness Center in Hartford, Connecticut. His interests lie at the intersection of environmental justice, social justice, and urban development. Jayson aims to have his research answer questions and provide solutions to environmental justice challenges facing low-income communities of color.


Te’Yah Wright 

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MEM ‘23

Te’Yah Wright is a Master’s of Environmental Management candidate aspiring to specialize in Environmental Policy and People, Equity, and the Environment. She aims to assist the advancement of sustainability as well as social and environmental justice within policy and development. She graduated from Alcorn State University where she earned a B.S. in Agriculture with a focus in Environmental Science. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in the Alcorn Swine Development Center for her entire duration at the university as a lead research assistant and a part of the greenhouse management team.