Students

Ashia Ajani 

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MEM ‘21

Ashia Ajani is an environmental storyteller and educator hailing from Denver, CO, Queen City of the Plains, the unceded territories of the Cheyenne, Ute, Arapahoe and Comanche peoples. Ajani is a Master’s of Environmental Management Candidate at Yale School of the Environment. They are a virtual environmental justice educator with Mycelium Youth Network and a research assistant in Dr. Dorceta Taylor’s JEDSI lab. Their work has been featured in Sierra Magazine, Frontier Poetry, World Literature Today and Southern Humanities Review, among others. 


Marco Alvarez

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MEM ‘22

Marco Alvarez is a Master’s of Environmental Management student specializing in water resources at the Yale School of the Environment in the class of 2022. His research involves analyzing/mapping the food landscape across a variety of cities in Michigan, including Ypsilanti, Detroit, Taylor, and Inkster through a food justice lens. Prior to his graduate studies, he graduated from Florida International University, where he earned his B.S in Environmental Studies with a minor in Economics. During his undergraduate studies, he interned at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Zoo Miami, and the University of Florida Tropical Research Education Center, and he plans to continue to work in the environmental justice field. 

Jill Capotosto

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MEM & MA ‘21

Jill Capotosto is a joint-degree student with the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the Yale School of the Environment. As a Princeton in Asia fellow, she spent two years in Viet Nam with TRAFFIC, an international nonprofit combatting wildlife trafficking. Jill has also worked for the Institute for Sustainable Communities, a Vermont-based nonprofit working to build climate resilience in U.S. cities. She is focusing on environmental justice, particularly as it relates to urbanization and climate change, climate-induced migration, and data governance in the humanitarian and development sectors. For JEDSI, Jill assessed food outlets in the Connecticut cities of Bridgeport, New Haven, and West Haven.


Maeghen Goode 

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University of Michigan ‘22

 

Maeghen is a dual degree student at the University of Michigan studying environmental justice and urban planning. This year she has been working in the JEDSI lab to help organize the New Horizons Conference. She has contributed to food outlet data collection for Dearborn and Southfield. Additionally, Maeghen is drafting an article based on the food outlet data collected for Dearborn. 


Cally Guasti-Odonoghue

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MEM ‘22

Cally is a Master’s of Environmental Management candidate at Yale School of the Environment focusing on ecosystem management and conservation, and environmental justice issues. She is a part of the JEDSI lab under Dr. Dorceta Taylor, where she studies food justice and food access in a number of U.S. cities. The intersection of public health and environmental issues, such as resource allocation and equity, are her principal commitments. She has a background in case management and environmental education. 


Tevin Hamilton 

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MEM ‘21

Tevin Hamilton obtained a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) from the Yale School of the Environment (YSE), with a specialization in Environmental Policy Analysis. Originally Tevin is from St. Louis, Missouri, and received his bachelor’s degree in urban forestry from Southern University and A&M College. While being a team member for JEDSI, he conducted food justice research on the three Michigan cities Lansing, East Lansing, and Kalamazoo. His passions include environmental justice, food justice, and environmental policy. He aims to assist underrepresented communities and contribute towards achieving environmental equity for all people.  


Lovinia Reynolds

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MEM ‘22

Lovinia is a Masters of Environmental Management candidate at YSE focusing on Energy and Environment who is passionate about equitable and just transition to a regenerative energy system. Prior to studying at Yale she studied tropical biogeochemistry at Brown and focused on environmental justice issues at the Environmental Law Institute. At JEDSI she worked on the New Horizons Conference and contributes to research on food access in Providence, RI. When she is not studying and reading about energy justice, she enjoy spending time with her friends and family, hiking, and going to the beach. 


Abdeali Saherwala  

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MEM ‘22

I am a Masters in Environmental Management student at Yale University, who is specializing in policy, energy, and business. My interests lie in energy justice, clean energy deployment, renewable energy project finance, energy policy and anything related to international affairs. In this lab, my research was mainly about data collection for six cities in Michigan such as Flint and I was responsible for collecting data on all of the food sources in my assigned 6 cities. I learned a lot about America’s food system from this project such as American cities do not have food deserts, but have food swamps. Additionally, I learned that in many minority and African American neighbourhoods, there are few supermarkets with fresh fruits and vegetables. Instead, there are tons of convenience stores and fast-food restaurants. Despite my energy background, I really enjoy doing food justice research and I hope to grow my academic and social skills through this lab. 


Samantha Stokes 

University of Michigan ‘21

Sam is a graduate student at the Unviersity of Michigan School forEnvironment and Sustainability studying environmental justice. Sam supported JEDSI Food Access research by collecting data on Grand Rapids and Muskegon.