Kajal (she/her) is an Indo-Fijian second-year undergraduate student in Environmental Engineering at UBC, with an aim to mitigate climate impacts on marginalized, climate-vulnerable communities. Her current work includes collaboratively designing a rainwater harvesting system with Sustaingineering UBC for installation in mobile homes for BC communities in need. Kajal’s previous work encompasses working with Sierra Club BC as a Youth Fellow to bridge intergenerational knowledge, organizing local climate actions with Sustainabiliteens, as well as working in ESG and Sustainable Finance. Kajal looks forward to decolonizing STEM approaches in climate action, integrating engineering with the just transition needed to address the climate crisis, and engaging in community-powered, interdisciplinary, and intersectional justice-based climate work.
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The Wall Catalyst Student Fellow cohort will first come together to engage in the online, interdisciplinary Facing Human Wrongs course and subsequently work together on a number of public-facing projects.
The course content touches upon systemic, historical and ongoing violence, unsustainability, our complicities in social and ecological harm, and our tendency to address complex problems, such as biodiversity loss, food insecurity, economic and political crises, and the potential for social and environmental collapse, with simplistic solutions. The course requires students to be willing to be uncomfortable and to have their perspective challenged.