(Ecological Society of America)
The Ecological Society of America established the SEEDS program in 1996 "to reduce, over time, the serious under-representation within the field of ecology of individuals from certain minority groups." By diversifying and advancing the profession of ecology among these groups, SEEDS can champion the ideals of environmentalism in communities that are disproportionately affected by environmental justice issues, and lack the political capital
to ensure equity.
As an education- and experience-based organization, SEEDS nurtures underrepresented students' interests through opportunities like student field trips, undergraduate research fellowships, Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting awards, and campus ecology chapters. This month's extraORDINARY Person, Erica Fernandez, is co-president of the Stanford University Chapter.
The Stanford SEEDS chapter was awarded a SEEDS special grant in 2008. Some highlights from their special grant projects include: