Influencing UN policies: the art of people-watching

Earlier this year when I presented at a Youth Forum at the UN, I felt inspired to be sitting in the same seats as decision makers. But this week at the Multi-stakeholder Forum for Science, Technology, and Innovation, the feeling was different – that I could influence decision makers. Influencing decisions and policy means translating … More Influencing UN policies: the art of people-watching

Packing List for 7 Month Internship in Developing Country

By Desiree Beardmore My packing list and travel tips for 7 months of working in developing communities (including construction work, community assessments, meetings with government officials, and hiking fun). This packing list is for Uganda which is a tropical environment with conservative and business attire dress customs (I recommend checking up on dress code laws and … More Packing List for 7 Month Internship in Developing Country

SWWW Shows Increasing Interest in Systems Approaches and Sustainable WASH Services

Representing USAID’s Sustainable WASH Systems (SWS) Initiative at the Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) annual conference last month provided us with an opportunity to see how our SWS Initiative fits among the development sector and where our best opportunities are for making an impact. It was very exciting to get the pulse of the sector … More SWWW Shows Increasing Interest in Systems Approaches and Sustainable WASH Services

Conference Reflection – Bryan Bei

Bryan Bei M.S. Civil Engineering 2016 Water and Health Conference I am a second-year Masters student studying Civil Systems in the Engineering for Developing Communities program at CU Boulder. I recently was able to attend the 2016 Water and Health Conference organized by the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, which was a tremendous … More Conference Reflection – Bryan Bei

Student Feature – Kate Stetina

Kate Stetina M.S. Environmental Engineering EDC Certificate Completion: May 2016 Undergraduate: University of Colorado at Boulder, B.S. Environmental Engineering What are your hobbies outside of academic life? I consider myself an avid outdoorswomen, and jump at the chance to spend a weekend in Colorado’s backcountry.  I backpack, hike, snowboard, climb, cycle, sail, and practice yoga.  I mostly just … More Student Feature – Kate Stetina

Student Feature – Whitney Rucker

Whitney Rucker M.S. Civil Engineering EDC Certificate Completion: May 2015 Undergraduate: Colorado School of Mines, B.S. Mechanical Engineering What are your hobbies outside of academic life? I love to travel. Seeing new places, meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures is one of the greatest thrills in life. I also love to go scuba diving. Unfortunately … More Student Feature – Whitney Rucker