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WCL's 2022 Changemaker: Juliette Jackson

A distinguished group of changemakers across American University took time to reflect on their time at AU before they graduate. WCL's Changemaker, Juliette Jackson, is a member of the Klamath tribes and will work to increase access to pro bono advocacy, policy, and litigation services to tribal communities impacted by climate change in California, Nevada, and Oregon. 

Here’s what Juliette said about their time at AU. The following comments are part of a larger interview with all eight changemakers, which can be viewed here.

Tell us about a challenge you see in the world in your area of study and how you plan to take it on. 

Jackson: Access to legal resources is an issue for many people, especially tribal communities. Tribes are being impacted by climate change and the long-term effects of colonization in various ways. Wildfires and droughts are becoming commonplace and if we do not act soon, we risk losing unique cultures, species, and ecological habitats. The goal of my project – the legal advocacy program for the Indigenous nonprofit Sacred Lands, Native Hand – is to implement an equitable and sustainable nonprofit model for underserved tribal communities in the western region of the U.S., who are interested in ecological conservation to combat the effects of climate change. 

What advice do you have for incoming or current students? 

Jackson: People say half the battle is showing up, but you also need to stay informed, and check and respond to your emails. If you do not, then you will likely miss out on those opportunities that could open more doors for you.