Clarissa Gomez

What are your majors? People-environment geography with certificates in integrated studies in science, engineering, and society and leadership

Expected graduation: May 2021

What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? Growing up, I was always really curious about the natural world around me. I remember I used to binge-watch Planet Earth, eagerly looked forward to springtime when I would help my mother plant her garden, and even went as far as rescue abandoned baby wild rabbits and stray cats. If it involved the environment in some way, shape, or form, I was all over it. It wasn’t until college that my love for the environment really blossomed and I developed a passion for helping out the community. I began to seek fields that I was really interested in and soon, discovered the many ways that the environment and communities are interconnected.

What would you say (or do you say) to other students about CESP and the Nelson Institute? CESP is an amazing community of supportive and truly inspiring people! They always got your back and motivate me to do my absolute best.

Something few people know about you: I always start watching shows but never finish them.

Something else about you? I am involved in environmental education research on campus. My focus is on Latinx students/populations in rural Wisconsin.