Sarah Clark is a student in the MDP Program. Her area of focus is on the intersections between the environment and human well-being. She hopes to promote participatory projects that center human dignity and build resilience in populations as they respond to the cascading impacts of climate change on public health, food security, and livelihoods. She is interested in methodologies that bring traditionally excluded groups to the forefront in the development and leadership of projects.
She was drawn to the UArizona MDP program because of its transdisciplinary expertise in these areas and the practical experience of the faculty. Sarah hopes to gain subject matter expertise in these cascades of vulnerability as well as further practical experience in effective participatory and community-based project methodologies throughout her time in the MDP program
Sarah’s passions and career goals are informed by her past experiences in science and community development. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Notre Dame with and B.S. in Biological Sciences and an academic concentration in International Development Studies having participated various in research and fieldwork projects from the Grand Kankakee Watershed to Pohnpei, Micronesia. After graduation, Sarah served as an Education Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Madagascar from 2016-2018. She extended her PC service into 2019 working with Catholic Relief Services as a Regional Youth Development Officer. From 2019-2021, Sarah worked as an Environmental Protection Specialist with the U.S. EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics to better understand and mitigate environmental and human health risks related to chemical exposures.