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Emiline Chipman

Environmental Studies

Hometown: Augusta, MI
Major: Philosophy
Concentrations: Environmental Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality
Best Adjective to Describe You: Infinite

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
Thinking through exigent questions of environmental healthfulness alongside professors and students across disciplines.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Start a conversation; the nature of the subject is such that we will never be content with previous ideas. Participate in environmental and food justice groups, volunteer for events at the arboretum, take a trip with the KOC, attend rallies, conferences and workshops, and visit office hours of professors teaching courses in the department. Above all, assemble your tool belt for breaking the bad and building the good through critical conversation and participation within some community.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
It’s through stories that meaning is established from which communities of consequence are formed.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Taking Critical Social Theory and Sex and Sexualities at the same time provoked progressions of thought that were both cogent and playful, which inspire the way I exist in the world today. 

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
My professors of Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and Women, Gender & Sexuality, knowing my interest in the 3 fields, have prompted me with works of critical, philosophical, ecofeminist authorship that enhances the depth and breadth I participate in collegiately. 

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
Some of the most substantial nuggets of knowledge I will take away from my time at Kalamazoo College are the result of participation in LandSea and the Just Food Collective, TAing for the Roots in the Earth Seminar, attending conferences at the Arcus center, working at the arboretum, and working with the recycling department.  

What is your SIP?
My SIP is a constantly-evolving internship-based Environmental Studies SIP. This summer I worked with the Garden Schools Foundation of Los Angeles to resuscitate their compost operations and develop pedagogical resources for teaching K-8th graders about compost and waste. I’m particularly interested, now, in the potentials of waste education to fulfill social, developmental, and educational needs for students with difficulty learning in a traditional classroom environment or socially fitting-in.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
WHO KNOWS?! My inclinations at this point are towards youth, food, education, and community. 

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