Sehdia Mansaray is a second-year MDP student. Her interests are centered on stakeholder and cultural identity's influence on policy and program design, implementation, and evaluation. She looks at this particularly in smallholder agriculture, forest conservation, and protected area management. Her population focus (on West Africa, the Diaspora, and Indigenous peoples) is directed by her identity as a Sierra Leonean-American, upbringing as a North Carolinian, and past field and cultural exchange experiences in environmental anthropology, geography, agroforestry, and social inclusion in Guatemala, Reunion Island, and Senegal.
She is currently an Outreach Associate at the USA-National Phenology Network where she is partnered with the Arizona Association for Environmental Education and Arizona Master Naturalist Association to create more inclusive and equitable natural history programming in Tucson. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science, B.A. in Anthropology and French minor from North Carolina State University.