Hello everyone! My name is Meg Bender-Stephanski (she/they) and I am a recent graduate from the University of Portland, where I received a B.A. in Environmental Ethics and Policy, with minors in Social Justice and Theology. I am incredibly passionate about environmental justice and disability justice. I am currently also working as an AmeriCorps member with the organization College Possible in Portland. In my free time I love to hike, cook, watch movies, and spend time with my family and friends. I am so excited to work with EcoFaith Recovery and the Eloheh Center, deepening my relationship with the environment, with my spirituality, and getting to better know and support these communities.

Current Engagement with The Practices

I am passionate about centering frontline communities, focusing on intersectionality, and working toward community-based solutions to climate change. I am interested in policy analysis and environmental justice centered work and have work and course related experience in both fields. I have taken courses related to environmental policy, American public policy, climate change economics, environmental history, sustainability, and transnational policy analysis, to name a few areas. 

Internship Focus

I am excited to work on strengthening EcoFaith Recovery’s relationship and partnership with the Eloheh Indigenous Center for Earth Justice. I also look forward to building connections with folks involved with EcoFaith Recovery, strengthening our online presence, and work to build community in person and virtually as we move forward in this state of the pandemic, seeking to rebuild connections and a healthier planet.

Read Meg’s introduction blog post

Read Meg’s Reflections on Indigeneity blog post

Read Meg’s “Where does the work hold you?” blog post

Read Meg’s Reflections on Intention balance and grace.

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