Yale School of Forestry Unveils Ambitious New Strategic Plan

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In late May the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) introduced a new strategic plan to build on the School’s historical strengths and commitment to environmental leadership as the planet faces an increasing and widely diverse array of environmental challenges.

The ambitious plan, the culmination of a seven-month planning process that incorporated input and feedback from the entire F&ES community, aims to refocus the community’s shared vision and mission and sets the priorities for the next three to five years.

The 24-page plan is built around the School’s aspirational mission to lead the world toward a sustainable future with cutting-edge research, teaching, and public engagement on society’s evolving and urgent environmental challenges.

In the coming months a group of inclusive faculty-led committees will take the next steps, crafting specific strategies, timelines, resource needs, and metrics for the goals articulated in the plan.

“There are tremendous opportunities to strengthen the impact of F&ES as the best interdisciplinary environment school in the world,” said Dean Indy Burke, who has led the strategic planning process. “We should take this moment to sharpen our focus and to be ambitious in articulating our aspirations and developing strategies to achieve them.”

View the plan online.

Yale grad helps other immigrants find a legal path to stay in the U.S.

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In her work as a volunteer advocate, Hong Tran has been helping immigrants get their American citizenship for three years now. Now the Yale grad hopes that she’ll soon become a citizen herself.

“I’m hoping to be a citizen in a couple of years. I’m very excited for that day when I can go to vote,” said 26-year-old Tran, who immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in 2010.

 Raised in a Saigon neighborhood that was teeming with crime and crushing poverty, Tran’s parents were among the millions that moved to the city as a result of the the Vietnam war.


Now, Globalization With Chinese Characteristics

Since 2009, when author Wenshan Jia coined the term “Chiglobalization,” China has continued to embrace globalization. China’s leaders have forged ahead with new connections in ways that outpace the rhetoric and globalization endeavors of Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States. “China’s initial effort to exercise global influence is subsequently solidified by the recent exponential growth of her outbound economic clout,” explains Jia, a professor of communication theory, referring to exports and foreign direct investment combined with grassroots connections through education and business. Cross-border interdependence and mutual influences have inspired terms like “Chimerica” and “Chinafornia.” Concerns over trade imbalances and jobs have prompted Donald Trump’s America First policies, which may hurt US soft-power endeavors and speed Chiglobalization. China’s advances in many areas place the country on a path for global leadership. Rather than pursue military connections with bases around the globe, China’s strategy depends on connections, infrastructure development, modernization for developing nations and a larger role in global governance. China once resisted globalization, but now defies containment. – YaleGlobal


Refugee advocate named 2017 World Fellow

The Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program is pleased to announce the selection of Lorna Solis as a 2017 World Fellow. 

Lorna is founder and CEO of Blue Rose Compass, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving gifted young refugees the opportunity to develop their talents and become agents of change in the world.  Blue Rose Compass travels to conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and East Asia to identify young adults who have exceptional academic talent and leadership qualities and helps them to apply to top universities and to find work when they graduate. Lorna is also founder and CEO of Lynke, a B-Corporation that empowers disadvantaged young refugees and ease pressure on host communities by creating employment and education opportunities in conflict regions. Read her full bio.

Global Impact: F&ES Students Scatter Worldwide for Summer Jobs and Research

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The 151 master’s students completing their first year at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) will scatter across the world over the next couple of weeks for summer internships and independent research.

The students, who must complete a summer internship or research project in order to meet F&ES graduation requirements, will work in the high plains of Wyoming and in the forests of Madagascar, will monitor corporate sustainability in the California Bay Area and tackle food challenges in Namibia.

The geographic reach and range of projects reflects the multidisciplinary scope of the School itself.