Read Kellee Byard's Essay:
"UM's Matthaei Botanical Gardens Helped Give Direction to My Life"
I have an enduring passion for the environment and its health; that is why I graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Program in the Environment. Learning is important to me, so I graduated with a 3.4 GPA. Interning at UM's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum further grew my love of nature. I was awarded its annual Nanette LaCross Student Prize (read my essay here). Community action is also important, so I was elected to UM Circle K and served as its Bulletin Editor/Public Relations Manager to educate the public.
As an environmentalist and educator, I dedicate myself to sustainability, fieldwork, conservation, stewardship, and teaching others. Read my most recent blog post on how education and volunteerism can aid wildlife. Further, I have a strong social conscience and embrace diversity and justice for all. I am always working toward making every area I serve more equitable. Please read my essay on elitism's impact on the environment.
At the National Wildlife Federation in Seattle, Washington, I was involved in a variety of activities to create a conservation coalition to preserve our wildlife. Activities included developing and executing hands-on programs/classes, policy development, community outreach, and more to inform the community. The goal was to increase knowledge that would lead to more sustainable action.
Further, as a Youth Development Professional for the Seattle Boys & Girls Club, I educate a diversity of youth and plan and implement educational and other programming to enrich children's after-school experience in meaningful ways.
Last, as an artist, I try to bring joy to others through my whimsical wildlife and colorful nature scenes.
I am excited about what the future holds!
Together, we CAN save our planet.
If you'd like, you can view my resume to learn more.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.