Climate Education and Training Coordinator, Utah Youth for Environmental Solutions
Maria Archibald is a second-year student in the University of Utah's Environmental Humanities Graduate Program (EH). For her master's thesis, she has partnered with Utah Youth for Environmental Solutions (UYES) to develop climate justice and political education curriculum that will mobilize young people. Before her time in EH, Maria studied environmental science at the University of North Carolina–Asheville and taught ecology in Maine, Colorado, and California. After that, she ventured to Arizona where she developed a deep commitment to the Southwest and discovered her passion for grassroots organizing. She began to organize regionally and nationally with youth-led climate justice groups, including Uplift and the Power Shift Network, and spent four years coordinating the Rising Leaders Program at the Grand Canyon Trust.