Shivani grew up in the Dallas metro area and lives in Houston. She is a senior at Rice University double majoring in cell and molecular biology and sociology and minoring in global health technologies. In Dallas, she was actively engaged in the climate strike movement and youth activism for environmental justice. At Rice, she investigates environmental justice issues from both scientific and social justice focused contexts. She has been involved with environmentally focused programs and projects with Rice’s Center of Civic Leadership, such as Alternative Spring Break, where she led students to New Orleans to engage in advocacy efforts regarding petrochemical industries’ violent impact on Black and Brown communities. As a part of the inaugural cohort Gulf Scholars Program, she worked with Bayou City Waterkeeper to map and contextualize Houston’s open drainage ditches. She has also worked with Community Lattice to create communication materials regarding the cancer cluster in Fifth Ward and map Houston’s brownfields. This summer, she is interning with Cantaro Azul in Chiapas, Mexico to investigate water quality issues through chemical research methods. Her goal is to continue learning about and engaging in efforts to address the impact of environmental justice issues on human health. She is so excited to continue her journey with Bayou City Waterkeeper this fall!
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