Graduation profile 2011: Adrien Wilkie

Adrien Ann Wilkie, 23, earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental science with a minor in biology this year from the University of Oregon. She is from Dallas, Texas.

Extracurricular/leadership activities:

Coalition Against Environmental Racism (CAER), Student Sustainability Fund Advisory Committee, Environmental Studies Club, Environmental Leadership Program.

I chose to attend the University of Oregon because … of the beautiful campus, the friendly community and the potential for outdoor adventures. Those are just a few of the reasons why I decided to make the journey to Oregon, but more important are all of the amazing opportunities that the UO offers (and) that kept me here.

My most rewarding experience or proudest accomplishment at the UO was … working with other students to organize CAER’s annual Grassroots Environmental Justice Conference. The stories of the environmental justice activists and organizations that have presented at the conference over the past four years have kept me believing in the good of humanity, while understanding that there is still much to be done to achieve justice for all.

The greatest obstacle I encountered while earning my degree was … researching, writing, and defending my Clark Honors College thesis: “Investigating Regional Climate Change in Northeastern United States.”

My greatest inspiration at the UO came from … a number of people (students, staff, and faculty) within the Environmental Studies Program and the Honors College (who) inspired me to push my academic and extracurricular limits. Thank you to Greg Bothun, Emily Chi, Alan Dickman, Joseph Fracchia, Katie Lynch and Alissa Manske for being constant sources of support and inspiration through my undergraduate career.

Second photo of Adrien Wilkie