Jonalee Squeochs, an environmental scientist and program manager at Yakama Nation Agricultural Development, took center stage in a recent video for EarthGen’s BIPOC Voices program. In this video, Jonalee not only shares her career journey but also discusses the Yakama Nation’s food sovereignty initiative, which addresses critical aspects like food security, healthy eating, economic opportunities, and cultural preservation.
EarthGen’s BIPOC Voices program is a resource for high school students and teachers that offers a unique glimpse into the career paths and research interests of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) pursuing careers in STEM. Other leaders spotlighted include scientists from the University of Washington and leaders of local organizations like Basilica Bio and Restaurant 2 Garden. EarthGen works in partnership with communities to highlight local STEM leaders to underscore the significant contributions of BIPOC individuals and communities to STEM endeavors and spark students’ interest in environmental careers.