Western’s Peace Corps Fellows
Derek Marin, Coldharbour’s Paul D. Coverdell Fellow who just returned from his service in Gambia, West Africa. Derek hopes to build his masters project work around Holistic Management, Permaculture Design and other ‘Ecosystem Cultivation’ practices in an underserved mountain community in Colorado. Derek’s Peace Corp’ service project involved helping a local community develop holistically planned beekeeping as an alternative to deforestation in a threatened tropical forestland.
Chris Nutgrass, Western’s Paul D. Coverdell Fellow. Chris returned from his deployment in Guinea, Africa and joined the MEM program in 2015. “I feel like every time I speak in a class or introduce myself, Peace Corps was such a large part of my life and such a transformative experience that it comes up first thing,” he shared. “My entire master’s project has been influenced by what I saw and experienced in Guinea, with communities struggling with natural resource development decisions.
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