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Christina Cilento

Class of 2017-2018

About Christina

(updated 6/2018) Christina Cilento is a recent graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where she studied environmental policy and sustainability.  Originally from Allentown, PA, she is particularly interested in climate change and energy systems and how these intersect with global social injustices.  During her Luce year, Christina worked at Village Focus International in Vientiane, Laos, where she advocated for villages’ rights in the face of threats to their land, labor, and food security from unsustainable agricultural and forestry development projects.  At Northwestern, Christina served as president of the Associated Student Government and a core organizer of Northwestern’s fossil fuel divestment campaign, through which she gained experience lobbying her administration and crafting policies that benefit the student body.  Christina served as the Student Advisory Board representative for the Environmental Policy and Culture program at Northwestern and was a founder and editor of the school’s first environmental publication,  In Our Nature .  In 2015, she was selected as one of ten students from the U.S. to travel to the UN’s COP21 climate change conference in Paris, where she met with delegates from countries at the front lines of climate disasters, thus propelling her interest in global environmental justice and challenging her to critique Western approaches to tackling the climate problem.  Christina hopes to pursue a career in environmental advocacy, using law and policy to bring about social change.  In her spare time, Christina enjoys biking and perfecting her cooking, crocheting and knitting skills, all of which are, admittedly, limited.

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