Callie Mabry has just returned from the hot desert winds of Tucson, Arizona and has this report on her experience at the Udall scholar orientation (see the original story about her selection here).
"As the recipient of a Udall Scholarship from the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall foundation, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a conference in Tucson, Arizona for five days in early August. The Udall Foundation awards 50 scholarships per year to students who are committed to careers in the environment or Native American health care or tribal public policy. Attending the orientation was a wonderful opportunity for me to connect with other students who are passionate about making changes in response to environmental issues! At the conference, I participated in a simulation of an environmental dispute over water rights by working with other students in teams to represent the different interests involved. Other highlights of the conference included a trip to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum to learn about the eco-systems surrounding Tucson, and the opportunity to have deep conversations about environmental issues with other scholars and alumni of the program. In the process of compiling my application, I learned about the historical contexts in which Morris and Stewart lived, and how this influenced their environmental politics. I was also privileged to hear Morris and Stewart Udall’s siblings, Elma and Burr Udall, tell oral histories about their childhoods and significant events which shaped their brothers’ political careers."