Groups and Chapters

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2019 Campus Leaders

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Joe Abate

Joe is a PhD student in plasma physics at Princeton University. He works with Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory researchers on the development of fusion energy technology. He is also the political strategy lead for the NJ Student Climate Advocates, a student group based in Princeton University that brings together high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to take strong, effective, and fiscally responsible action to combat climate change. Some of the group's projects include development of a carbon cashback policy for New Jersey, a campaign for carbon neutrality on Princeton University campus, and (as of recently) a campaign to push households to take advantage of home efficiency rebates.

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Rarosue Amaraibi

Rarosue is a graduate student at the University of South Florida, but her hometown is actually in Nigeria! She is presently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Global Sustainability with a concentration in Climate Change and Energy Sustainability at the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the Univeristy of South Florida. She is also the founder of Green Club Nigeria, where she raises awareness on environmental challenges and proper solutions to the public. She has hopes that by joining CCL’s Campus Leader Program, she can expand her climate advocacy work and achieve great goals.

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Mahnoor Ansari

Mahnoor is a rising senior at Ohio Wesleyan University where she is majoring in pre-law and psychology with minors in environmental studies and film. She gained a lot of inspiration and motivation at the June 2019 conference in D.C. that she would like to take forward with her. She hopes to establish a strong and sustainable CCL chapter on her campus starting this fall! After graduation, she plans to join the Peace Corps and attend law school."

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Hailey Benson

Hailey is a Senior at Drew University in New Jersey, studying Women and Gender Studies, and Theatre Arts. She got interested in climate change work when first attending a lecture about how to change environmental issues in our own communities by addressing congress people from places of compassion. That motivated her to join CCL! Hailey hopes to create more awareness about the state of her planet. Recently, she did a performance art piece on her university campus, providing a visual of the human demise and factual information about what we are actively doing to the planet.

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Gracie Chan

Gracie is a student at Cal Poly Pomona studying Business Management and Human Resources. She is the President and Founder of Students for a Sustainable Future at her University. In addition, she has held at-large positions on sustainability committees. Gracie has truly worked hard to make changes on her local campus. She has helped host over 50 events and promoted plant-based living. Through her leadership, groups on campus have been able to achieve large goals but Gracie still feels as if sustainability is highly under looked. She hopes to be a change maker for clean energy policies.

Roderick Cushing

Roderick is a Junior at Syracuse University in New York where he studies Information Management and Technology. He is extremely passionate about environmental preservation and believes that our generation is going to have to be the ones to instill change regarding climate change. Roderick thinks that the first step to enacting this change is to increase awareness. Then, we must find a medium where like minded people can come together to actively make a difference.

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Fiona Gain

Fiona is currently a junior at the University of Florida. She is studying environmental science and philosophy and hopes to eventually move on to law school to study environmental policy. She has just recently become involved with CCL and she hopes to start a Climate Action Team on her campus! She is very excited to understand a grassroots method to nationwide advocacy and looks forward to becoming better equipped to create a team full of passionate students.

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Sydney Gallek

Sydney is incredibly excited to become part of the Citizens' Climate Higher Education team! She is working on starting a chapter at UNC- Chapel Hill. Though she still has much to learn, she is looking forward get started!

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Chris Gaynor

Chris was selected to serve in Tanzania as a Crop Extension Volunteer in the Peace Corps. He had the privilege to integrate in a rural village and appreciate the value of ones relationship with the land, where he learned how fragile the subsistence farming life is for a typical villager. He recognized that as climate change causes more extreme conditions, unsupported individuals will be displaced, separated, isolated and even radicalized, seeking drastic measures to be seen or heard at a global platform. His desire for social equity is what brought me toward climate issues. It acted as a motivator to pursue a Master's in Sustainable Development and Climate Change Antioch University. He co-leads the CCL Chapter there with Jacques Kenjio.

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Kelsey Grant

Kelsey, a pre-law student double majoring in Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Leadership Studies and Social Innovation, is the leader and founder of the University of Colorado-Boulder chapter. She is also the Regional Fellow for the Wild West, Campus Leader at UC Boulder, and a member of the Boulder Chapter Steering Committee. Kelsey joined CCL in January 2019 when she discovered Citizens’ Climate Lobby through her church, where she co-founded an environmental ministry and the Climate Change Committee, teaches about environmental stewardship as a Sunday School teacher, and organized youth-led worship services dedicated to climate action.

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Jacques Kenjio

Jacques is a Doctoral Student studying Environmental Studies at Antioch University in New England. He has been a volunteer at CCL for over three years now and is originally from Cameroon in Central Africa. Jacques became a Campus Leader in order to enforce awareness amongst students around the carbon fee and dividend so that we may conquer one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time--climate change. Jacques is excited to be a part of the CCL community and hopes to transport the advocacy skills he has learned to improve his community in Cameroon.

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Katy Mattimoe

Katy is going into her freshman year at John Carroll University. She is working on getting a chapter of CCL started there this fall. She is a double major in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Political Science and a double minor in Theology and Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. She attended this year’s June DC conference and had an amazing experience!

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Sarah Marie Monnin

Sarah and is the new campus leader at The University of Cincinnati. She is going into her fourth year as a Political Science & Marketing double major. She plans to go to law school after graduation. She is incredibly excited to get involved with this organization and learn how to advocate for effective solutions to climate change.

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Jivahn Moradian

Jivahn is a Junior at Princeton University majoring in Economics. Born in Colorado, he was raised in Paris, France, and survived the gruelling French education system. He has always had a passion for environmental issues, and has been an active member of the Princeton Student Climate Initiative since 2018, where he has worked on various research, recruitment, outreach and management initiatives. He is a strong advocate of designing systemic solutions to environmental problems that have widespread positive impacts, benefit the local economy, and are sustainable in the long-run.

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Sophie Munro

Sophie is currently a senior at Palos Verdes High School in California. She intends on studying economics and environmental science in college. Currently, she is working to start a chapter at her high school to get more young people involved in climate advocacy. Sophie deeply believes in CCL’s initiative to implement a sustainable, feasible, and economy-boosting solution to climate change and hopes to spread more awareness about carbon fee and dividend throughout her community. Sophie loves the ocean and spending time running along the coastal cliffs in her hometown.

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Maggie O’Connor

Maggie is a third year student studying Environmental Science and Economics at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She spent a semester abroad with IHP Climate Change where Maggie had the opportunity to visit Vietnam, Morocco, and Bolivia to learn about how climate change has affected their local communities. In addition, she learned more about the environmental policies set in place by their local governments and how climate justice movements are led by citizen activists. Maggie has helped establish EnAct at her college, an organization dedicated to educating the student body about the environment, providing volunteer opportunities in the greater Boston Area, and leading political campaigns on campus.

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Vania Rico

Vania studies Environmental Biology at Cal Poly Pomona and she joined CCL in 2016. Her intent through the Campus Leader program is to make sure she can reach out to as many people as possible to help create a massive change. In addition, she wants to make sure that our representatives are listening to us! Vania found her passion in life at an early age, when hearing about the hole in the ozone layer and how global climate issues are threatening her future and our planet. She eventually found her way to CCL and the politics of climate change.

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Laura Rockefeller

Laura studies International Politics at Georgetown University in Baltimore. She is currently focusing on getting the University President’s signature in support of the federal carbon tax and dividend policies, while also increasing support for the measure in general.

Tyler Sakakeeny

Tyler studies Environmental Science at Rice University in Texas. Tyler is a trip leader for the Rice Outdoors Programs and Education where he helps plan and lead outdoor trips to different natural areas in Texas. He believes that getting support for climate policy in Congress is only possible if it acts as a compromise between industry and environmentalist. He also believes that spreading awareness amongst younger generations is incredibly important, and finds that the Campus Leader program is a great chance to inspire youth to get involved with government and showcase that we have the ability to foster great change as long as we put in the effort.

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Corbin Shouse

Corbin is a post-baccalaureate student at the University of Miami studying for bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Economics. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. He is originally from San Antonio, Texas, but he spent time living in Arizona and Colorado before eventually ending up in South Florida. He is passionate about studying the interaction between the economy and the environment, and he plans to apply mathematical modelling and large dataset analysis to this nexus. Corbin deeply believes in the power of carbon pricing to put the market to work solving the climate crisis, and he hopes to cultivate support for carbon pricing on the University of Miami campus as the UM Campus Leader.

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Laura Sokoloski

Laura is an environmental science/biology major at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She is a farmer and lover of the outdoors, and she is especially passionate about amphibian conservation. She is working to start a chapter of CCL on her campus.

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Skyler Stirling

Skyler is a Senior at Oglethrope University in Georgia, studying Politics. He has previously interned at Congressional Ed Day and done lobby work with CCL. He finds it extremely important to be part of the solution to the climate crisis that we are currently experiencing. In addition to being a Campus Leader, Skyler is a volunteer Team Captain at Oglethorpe’s Center for Civic Engagement where he oversees volunteer days of services throughout the metro area, working with various non profit organizations.

Dayne Tanis

Dayne is a Sophomore studying Environmental Science at the University of South Carolina where she has also interned for the Office of Sustainability. Throughout her time at USC she has worked with food systems and organic gardens impacting the local community. Dayne believes that the most powerful way to incite change is to share why climate problems matter, instead of just discussing the issue and advocating for solutions. She believes that people often overlook environmental issues because they cannot always see the effect that the problems have. Dayne hopes to change even one person’s perspective on climate change.

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Maddy Urig

Maddy is a third year mechanical engineering major at Illinois Institute of Technology. She took over as president of her campus chapter of and is excited to get more involved in the the larger community. With her education, she wants to work in the renewable energy industry, developing technology to encourage our nation and world to switch from fossil fuel energy production. She is passionate about being involved in CCL because it gives her a direct voice with policy makers , influencing them to combat climate change.

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Sebastian Walter Young

Sebastian is studying for a Bachelor’s degree in both physics and law at the University of Southern California. He has been volunteering with CCL since June of 2017, where he began coordinating outreach activities and participating in lobby event for the Los Angeles CCL chapter. Since then, he has joined the campus leader program and started organizing at USC in addition to taking on the role of Regional Fellow for California and Wild West.

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Jess Wilber

Jess Wilber is a third year student at Oberlin College with a double-major in Environmental Studies and East Asian Studies and a double-minor in Politics and Arabic. She is also a musician, equestrian, poet, and artist. When she heard about CCL’s Campus Leaders program in February of 2018, she jumped right in. She founded the Oberlin College CCL Chapter, or OCCL, and worked with the local chapter to get the Oberlin City Council to pass a resolution endorsing Carbon Fee and Dividend. She also got the same endorsement from the Oberlin College Sustainability Committee and President Carmen Ambar later that year. She joined the Regional Fellows Program in July of 2018 to expand her work and influence more people to get involved in climate advocacy and work towards potential climate solutions.

Here is a list of schools that currently have a student CCL contact: 

Antioch University -- New England

Arizona State University

Bloomsburg University

Cal Poly Pomona

Colby College

Duke University 

Florida State University

Georgetown University

Illinois Institute of Technology

John Carroll University

Juniata College

Lonestar Community College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New York University

Northern Arizona University

Oberlin College

Ohio State University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Princeton University

Rhode Island School of Design

Rochester Institute of Technology

Salisbury University

Southwestern College

South Dakota State University

St. Benedict College

St. Lawrence University

Stockton University

Swarthmore College

Syracuse University

University of Arizona

University of California - Santa Barbara

University of Chicago

University of Cincinnati

University of Florida - Gainseville

University of Georgia

University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign

University of Maryland - College Park

University of Maryland - Eastern Shore

University of Miami

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

University of Minnesota

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

University of Northern Iowa

University of South Carolina

University of South Florida

University of Southern California

University of Texas - Dallas

University of Utah

University of Vermont

Wellesley College