Carmen Nightfall

What are your majors? Life sciences communications with a certificate in environmental studies

Expected graduation: May 2022

What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? The ecology of our food, community, and environment are at the core for each to thrive, and overlap in areas among themselves as well. All three influenced and affected me as a child, and from this came my interest in all three individually, and also as a dynamic.

What would you say (or do you say) to other students about CESP and the Nelson Institute? As future ancestors, in CESP we learn to carry such a title with honor, compassion, and open-hearted eyes for our important legacy. The CESP family is a garden and corridor of learning, growth, and opportunity for the social and environmental ecologies of our lives and communities. The program helps us develop and hone our bearing, skills, and experience as we gain them while availing opportunities for applications and engagement experiences that serve our personal, academic, and professional lives as well as our communities.

Part of how we acquire these tools and experiences are through the valuable and unique interwoven mentorship strata and layers of methods built into the program and progression. In service of our values and communities, we collaborate and explore ways of bringing life-affirming change to issues that need a lighted path for new directions. Come add your light so that together they shine brighter — for finding steps in new directions as a future ancestor in training in CESP!

Something few people know about you: Carmen’s special human tricks are dexterous toes, for with either foot, I can pinch your nose! Naturally I love being barefoot when possible, and climbing trees.