Women’s Stories

Meet Trica Oshant Hawkins: Cultivating Lifelong Stewardship

Meet Trica Oshant Hawkins: Cultivating Lifelong Stewardship

“Appreciate the beauty in being both gentle and strong.” Inspiration for Work Conservation enthusiast, Trica Oshant Hawkins, has transformed her childhood love for nature into a career of lifelong stewardship. In her youth, Trica would capture horned lizards in Texas and praying mantises in Thailand. After discovering how these creatures died indoors, she decided wild things needed to stay wild. F ...[Read More]

Meet San Juana Olivares: Ensuring Clean Water for All

Meet San Juana Olivares: Ensuring Clean Water for All

“Just because you’re not a permanent resident, doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference.” As president of Genesee County Hispanic Latino Collaborative – La Placita, San Juana Olivares paved the way to clean water for all. She used her passion for water and human rights to advocate for Hispanic-Latino populations in Michigan, especially those affected by the Flint water crisis. Much of her in ...[Read More]

Connecting to Countless Careers in Conservation

Photo of Casey Haggerty on Lake Michigan

In the second semester of my sophomore year, I took Intro to Ecology. At the time, I had no idea what ecology was. Something to do with nature, I had (correctly) assumed. Since I loved the outdoors and wildlife, I thought it would be a fun class while satisfying the science requirement I had to fulfill, even as a language major. On the first day, we learned the definition of ecology: The study of ...[Read More]