Explore STEM Careers
Meet experts in conservation, engineering, environmental policy, and more in this virtual event for grades 5-12
Friday, October 5, 2018
1:00 PM Eastern Time
on YouTube (45 minutes)
A STEM career can mean so many things, like studying fish and coral reefs near Puerto Rico, or exploring how environmental engineering can help improve human life while protecting the environment. This virtual career fair is the perfect opportunity for your middle and high school students to hear from four professionals who are following their passions through STEM careers.
Maybe some of your students have already expressed interest in a STEM-related field after graduation, while others aren’t sure exactly where they’d like to end up. This live event will introduce them to different careers they could pursue if they are interested in engineering, conservation, the environment, and more. Panelists will discuss what they love about their jobs, how they got to where they are today, and their best advice for students to find mentors along the way. Plus, your class can ask questions before or during the event, and we’ll answer them live. We hope you’ll join us!
Tito Rinaldo works for The Nature Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program in the Eastern U.S. Raised in the growing metropolis of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tito’s desire to protect the environment began with his interest in people. Based on these interests, Tito went on to pursue a B.S. in Urban Studies and an M.S. in Conflict Resolution with a concentration on environmental conflicts. His studies have mainly focused on how people relate to the natural world, whether in a city or a national park.
Ruby Rivera works as a diversity fellow for The Nature Conservancy. Ruby was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she went on to study Environmental Science and Geography at the University of Puerto Rico. She has worked in watershed management and restoration of coral reefs and coastal ecosystems in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and American Samoa, and is passionate about sustainable urban agriculture and development. Ruby now works as a Program Manager for the Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), where she focuses on diversity and equity issues within the organization, between TNC and community-based non-profit organizations, and in relation to gender and equitable conservation. Ruby is also working on a new project aimed at recruiting diverse talent.
James Puerini works as a diversity fellow for The Nature Conservancy. From his family, James learned a deep love of community and a dedication to justice. He brings that background to his passion for conservation. James’s first foray into nature as an adult was as a Wildland Fire Initial Attack Squad Boss, Youth Conservation Corps Leader, and forest technician. After that, he worked in politics as a Congressional Hill Staffer before joining The Nature Conservancy. At TNC, James is a Program Manager for the Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team, where he helps to develop equitable partnerships between TNC and community-based non-profit organizations in diverse communities and to recruit diverse talent. James is also working on developing environmental and social safeguards for TNC’s international climate work.
Fazena Bacchus is a water resources engineer and student. Fazena grew up in the city—Queens, New York—and nature seemed like something far away. Then, in her junior year of high school she had the opportunity to join The Nature Conservancy’s LEAF program, where she spent time in Vermont working on trails, monitoring plants, and removing invasive plant species. It was her first experience really spending time in nature, and was a life-changing event. She went on to major in Environmental Engineering in college and continued to work with TNC during the summers on global freshwater and green infrastructure projects.
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