Global Studies Travel Award Recipient: Kristen Lane

"My ultimate goal is to...promote future environmental sustainability in corporate America and, eventually, the global marketplace."

I am full time student (Junior) and I work approximately 20 hours a week creating and teaching dance choreography and classical piano technique at a local small dance studio business and working as the Social Media Manager for a local fashion business. I am extremely active in both school and community related activities. With every activity in which I partake, I am tenacious and committed to promoting a healthy and successful environment. My ultimate goal is to obtain technical Marketing skills through the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, global awareness through the Global Studies major, and science-based skills with a minor in Environmental Science in order to promote future environmental sustainability in corporate America and, eventually, the global marketplace.

"It is my aspiration to study abroad in a place of environmental and cultural diversity to gain the technical skills that would allow me to become an agent of change in the uniting of these two incongruous disciplines."

The University of Arizona offers a six week ecological and conservation biology study abroad program to Namibia, Africa. I have chosen to participate in this study abroad experience for many reasons. As a Marketing and Global Studies Major and an Environmental Science Minor I aspire to work through corporate America to help convert the United States, with hopes to influence the global marketplace, into an environmentally sustainable entity. Although the relationship between corporation goals and environmental objectives is notoriously contentious, I believe that an environmental focus in big business would profoundly affect the ability of our global economy to become sustainable. It is my aspiration to study abroad in a place of environmental and cultural diversity to gain the technical skills that would allow me to become an agent of change in the uniting of these two incongruous disciplines.This Namibian study abroad course would allow me to conduct independent scientific conservation research while simultaneously exploring ways to promote the solutions I come across to consumer markets found in Namibia.  This will lead me to develop professional ways in which I might market environmental sustainability in Arizona, due to the ecological similarities between the Namibian and Arizonan desert environments, and across the globe.

Major: 

  • Global Studies

Concentration: 

  • Global Political Economy & Development

Regional Focus: 

  • Africa

Photographs by Kristen Lane

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