Annual Report

Susie Zelaya Rivera ’19

As a FUTURE (Fellowships in the Ursinus Transition to an Undergraduate Research Experience) student, Susie developed research lab skills and a passion for science before she even began her first semester at Ursinus. Fast forward two years. Susie participated in a highly selective research program at Jefferson University and the University of the Sciences as one of nine scholars chosen for the Developing Researchers who Improve Healthcare Value and Equity (DRIVE) program that seeks to address racial health disparities. The first in her family to attend college, Susie understands that many environmental issues impact minority communities disproportionately, and these communities are often left without, or do not have a voice in solutions. I’ve been continually impressed with her passion for people and her commitment to thinking deeply about the intersections of issues related to the environment, human well-being and environmental justice. No doubt she will help bring the voice of marginalized groups to environmental and public health issues.

By Patrick Hurley
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

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Susie Zelaya Rivera ’19