published 9TH December 2022
Written by Izzy Nobili
Graduate Student, BSPH Global Environmental Sustainability & Health
Stacy Villegas is committed to making an impact. Through her travels to developing countries, work with infectious diseases, and involvement with various nonprofits, she has come to recognize the importance of sustainability. On the domestic and global scale, she hopes to contribute to a shift in values– a shift which brings about a respect for the Earth and all that it provides.
“After applying to the MPH program at Hopkins,” says Villegas, “I decided to steer my career choices more towards environmental health, hoping to intertwine health and sustainability.”
Villegas was appointed this year as the Student Coordinator for the Sustainability Leadership Council (SLC). As Coordinator, Villegas will work alongside the Office of Sustainability to serve as a “liaison” between Hopkins students and SLC members.
“That means creating events for students and providing guidance for them,” says Villegas. “If students have any questions or concerns regarding the SLC, they can come immediately to me.”
In her first year as Student Coordinator, Villegas hopes to bring more diversity and inclusivity to the SLC and hopes to build a greater sense of community.
“Some students feel like they can’t have a say or speak up with some of their projects,” says Villegas. “I hope that with my assistance, we can make them feel comfortable and assure them that their involvement is necessary and appreciated.”
For Villegas, this position offers an opportunity to gain experience in sustainability and environmental issues. “I am hoping that this internship will influence me to stick with this sort of work and really take it on into a whole different level once I leave Hopkins,” says Villegas.
Says Villegas, “I would like to tell my future grandchildren that I did my best and played my part as much as I could.”