Environmental Studies Major and Non-profit Minor, Maddie Titelbaum interned at Citizens for a Healthy Bay during spring semester 2018.
“I have always wanted to work for the government or the non-profit sector and my experiences at CHB have given me new skills, potential career connections for the future, and an idea of the type of contribution that I want to make to the field. This experience has taught me about the complexities in operating an environmental non-profit and has given me a larger perspective on the work that I want to do in the future that relates to equity, environmental justice, and education. I have learned that port cities have very complicated histories and lots of stakeholders. The Port of Tacoma is on traditional land of the Puyallup tribe and European settlers permanently altered the social and ecological landscape. Settlers prioritized growth and industry of Tacoma with little consideration for the rights of indigenous people and the migrant communities that worked in the Bay. In Commencement Bay today there are many complex interactions between the rights of the communities that have been disproportionately impacted by environmental racism, the needs of industry and economy, and the laws from the government.”