PwintPhyu Nandar

MESc ’24
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My name is PwintPhyu Nandar, indicative of my birthplace of Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). After learning about environmental injustice in an undergraduate class at the University of California, Los Angeles, I realized my community in Richmond, California was experiencing environmental racism at the hands of the Chevron Refinery. This moment led me to major in Environmental Science, concentrating on environmental justice issues.Also at UCLA, I worked on the Gender & Water Project, headed by Dr. Cattelino, and analyzed interviews of immigrant households. Now at Yale School of the Environment, I am pursuing a Master of Environmental Science (MESc). I currently study access to cultural foods in Greater New Haven, by collecting surveys and cooking with residents.