Sean Fisher '23 (he/she/they)

Where do you call home?

Pueblo West, Colorado

What are your major(s) and minor(s)?

Environmental Studies

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

I enjoy just being outside, it is something that beings me solace and comfort. I do like doing things like swimming and adventuring outside, but when its just me and nature I feel whole.

Why did you decide to major in Environmental Studies?

Not to be cheesy, but I think E.S. chose me. It was the first class I took here and it was such a magical experience. I felt like what I was learning would help me make a positive impact on the world.

What environmental issue are you most passionate about?

I have a lot of passion for intersectional environmental justice and focusing our efforts on a future that is equitable for everyone including plants, animals, and the nature. Current popular ideas and understandings of environmental justice are anthropocentric and geared towards white, cisgendered, heterosexual, able bodied and affluent people. Expanding our understanding will benefit all including the Earth we are trying to save.

What is your favorite Environmental Studies class and why?

All the E.S. classes I have taken have been amazing and fruitful, but I felt a true change in my perspective when taking Gender and Environment with Dr. Corrie Grosse. The ideas, concepts, and experiences we learned in that class have been the most impactful on my eduction here and have developed a deeper understanding of our world. I felt that this class clicked with my brain in a way that other classes and topics haven't.

What was the focus of your research for ENVR 320? What were your findings?

My colloquium project focused on the environmental impacts of textile dyeing and how fast fashion is impacting our planet. My findings showed that fast fashion is causing disproportionate environmental and human health impacts on developing nations. Solutions for this included stop supporting fast fashion and invest in ethical clothing companies.

What advice do you have for first year students and majors?

First and foremost, take Gender and Environment. Seek and pursue opportunities that will encourage joy in your life. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Spread peace and love. And finally scream whenever you feel like it!