ENVS Student Selected as Aspen Institute 2020 SOAR Fellow

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
An initiative of the Aspen Institute Form on Women and Girls in partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the SOAR Leadership Initiative seeks to connect and support visionary women leaders who break barriers and improving the lives of women and girls around the world.

JoRee LaFrance, doctoral candidate in environmental science, is one of 12 women chosen for the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute’s fellowship focused on connecting and supporting visionary women leaders on a global scale.

“As a 2020 SOAR fellow, I see a future where Indigenous women and girls are in leadership roles and feel confident, happy, loved, and equally important, safe – and our land and our waters are healthy,” LaFrance said.

LaFrance is Apsáalooke (Crow) from the Crow Reservation in southeastern Montana. At the University of Arizona, she uses her background at the intersection of earth sciences and Native American studies to focus on water quality issues on her reservation. Her doctoral research under faculty Jon Chorover and Karletta Chief focuses on contaminant concentrations in the Little Bighorn River watershed and understanding exposure pathways and risks unique to the Apsáalooke people.




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