Departmental Student Advisor (DSA)

Kayla Carlson (She,her,hers)

Major: Economics

Minor: Anthropology & Sociology

Concentration: Environmental Studies


My Passions

I am very passionate about environmental justice. I believe that social justice is environmental justice, and in order to form viable solutions, collaboration across all disciplines is necessary in the climate crisis we are currently living in.

Experiential Education Opportunities

Although I did not have the chance to study abroad, I have been a summer fellow for the Center of Environmental Stewardship analyzing the campus waste stream and forming “micro-projects” for students to work on that would help to divert waste from landfills. Additionally, I have worked for the City of Kalamazoo as the Sustainability and Climate intern, strategizing sustainability plans for the future while focusing on community engagement.

My Senior Individualized Project

For my SIP, I am using my experience with the City of Kalamazoo to analyze the Sustainability Strategy Plans for the city, Western Michigan University, and Kalamazoo College. I will also be assisting the update of Kalamazoo College’s Climate Action Plan

Kayla Carlson, K'22