Next Week is Earth Week!

IFSA at UW is hosting an event every day during Earth Week!! 🙂 April 18-22.

We have an event for everyone: events to build professional skills, network with industry professionals, as well as watching a movie and sharing S’Mores and conversations with fellow students.

IFSA Earth Week

Publication Workshop, 3-5 PM, April18: With Professors Rob Harrison and Professor Marcia Ciol. Panel will talk about the publishing process and professors will share challenges gleaned from their cumulative years of boarding publishing councils and publishing. Their individual proficiency’s in Chinese and Portuguese also offer specific insight into the challenges of publishing for ESL students. Held in Anderson 207.

Alumni Networking, 5-7 PM, April 19: Alumni of the UW will address students on the challenges and success of finding gratifying work. Students will be given the ability to talk independently with Alumni to make connections and network for their future entry into the job market. Alcohol will be served. Held in Anderson 207.
Resume Workshop, 4-6 PM, April 20: Learn how to draft resumes and cover letters. Discussions on best writing practices, current employer hiring practices, and the interview process to be included. Held in Anderson 22.

Kombit Movie Premiere, 4-5 PM, April 22: “KOMBIT: The Cooperative,” a feature documentary film chronicling a five-year project to reforest Haiti, in partnership with the Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA), a Haitian nonprofit farmer cooperative dedicated to feeding and reforesting the country. Haiti’s internally displaced people start a micro-garden movement to combat post-earthquake hunger and despair.
Following the movie we will be having our General Meeting at 5:30 PM on April 22nd (Earth DAY!) and sharing S’Mores. We will be talking about new officer positions and our plans for the 2016-17 year.

Become an IFSA Officer at UW! – Positions now OPEN

IFSA @ UW has some unexpected new officer positions – an excellent opportunity for students wanting to get more involved at UW and with IFSA.

The University of Washington International Forestry Students Association (IFSA at UW) is one of the many Local Committees worldwide that make up IFSA: the world’s largest student-run nonprofit engaged in sustainable development. As the youth voice for the United Nations, IFSA’s mission is to engage students in environmental issues on the international level– ranging from policy and economics to science and education. For students, IFSA is an adventure in perspective, community, professionalism, travel, and most of all, fun.

The IFSA Local Committee at UW is growing fast, and it needs your ingenuity! Apply by March 1st, 2016 to be amongst the many officers that help this RSO be the best it can be!

If you have any questions or want to meet with someone to hear more about the club, please email Natalie Gray ( or Salina Abraham (

You can apply here:

UW IFSA Members Excelling in Paris

UW IFSA sent four students to Paris this December and the UW College of the Environment wrote an excellent piece on their experience:

“Students from the College of the Environment lived a dream in Paris—they took part in a global conversation about how to combat climate change alongside leaders and decision-makers, shared their perspectives as youth representing the Pacific Northwest, and expanded their understanding of the planet’s interconnected landscapes through forged connections.

Now back in Seattle after attending the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), part of the Paris climate talks, the group of University of Washington students is united in their call for greater youth perspective in discussions about the future of our planet.

“2015 was a huge year for internatthumb_IMG_8742_1024-cropped-375x250ional climate legislation. It was important for youth to be there and for our voice to be heard,” senior Salina Abraham said. “To be present was powerful.”

GLF attendees, 3,200 people from 135 countries, were committed to looking at the complexities of climate change and its impacts on landscapes together. Abraham, along with Natalie Gray and Rachel Yonemura from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and Lars Olson from the Department of Biology were able to attend through their involvement in UW’s chapter of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA).

The students learned from leaders in forestry, agriculture, water, energy, law, and finance who addressed everything from resilient landscapes to green growth compacts and watched as innovative products and initiatives aimed at tackling real-world issues were launched, all while sitting at the center of a global conversation. Representing four of 50 IFSA members chosen to attend the GLF, the UW students also networked with their peers—now friends and likely future collaborators—from Belgium, the Philippines, and beyond.

“The youth are everything. They have the energy, mindset, and flexibility to implement big ideas,” Gray said. “Enabling young people to live up to their full potential is one of the things we think is most necessary moving forward.”

As head of IFSA’s International Processes and a member of the Youth in Landscapes initiative, Abraham spoke at the conference’s closing session, calling for stakeholders to engage youth in tough conversations and value their potential contributions:

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Empowered by their experience abroad, the students hope to strengthen youth engagement in climate issues at UW. Several even participated in a climate roundtable discussion with Governor Inslee held at the College of the Environment on the heels of the Paris meeting. The governor, inspired by their efforts, officially deemed the group “Washingtonians of the Day.”

“As young people, we have a chance to bridge the generational gap by creating more opportunities to connect youth to key players in management. The GLF taught us that there was more work to be done in Seattle to demonstrate the power that students have in high-level environmental engagement,” Gray said.

Eiffel Tower during the Paris Climate Talks.

Eiffel Tower during the Paris Climate Talks.

Personalized help navigating and completing conference applications, locating opportunities for travel funding, and hosting workshops to grow students’ networking skills are a few of the ways they’re working to bolster youth participation in global conversations as part of UW’s IFSA chapter. They recently hosted a Pecha Kucha night, giving students a platform to practice public speaking, as well as participate in a monthly virtual Coffee Hour that connects students from across the United States and Canada. They hope to continue building on and growing these programs, and add more into the mix, to fully realize their goal.

If you’re a UW student and interested in getting more involved, check out the UW chapter of IFSA or visit them on Facebook. If you’re a student at the College of the Environment and you’re planning to attend an upcoming conference or event, visit the Student Travel &  Meeting Fund page for travel funding opportunities.

Written by: Kelly Knickerbocker,

Fall 2015 Welcoming Meeting

Come one, come all to our Fall Welcoming Meeting on October 15th, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Forest Cub Room. This will be your chance to learn more about our club and our plans for another great school year.

Spring Ice Cream Social and Induction

IFSA had a wonderful, sun and ice-cream filled afternoon out in the SEFS courtyard for our Spring Ice Cream Social and Induction. The ice cream was great, and we even had some excellent international toppings like mango syrup! We said a great big thank you to our past year’s officers and their commitment to the club and then nominated and elected officers for this upcoming 2015-2016 school year including:

  • President – Rachel Yonemura
  • VP Membership – Lord Ameyaw
  • VP Fundraising – Rachel Roberts
  • VP Public Relations – Salina Abraham
  • Immediate Past President – Miku Lenentine

Thank you to all that came, and we can’t wait to see you again October 15th, 2015 for our Fall welcome cream social 3

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IFSA Spring Networking Event Great Turnout

A big thank you to SEFS Staff, IFSA and SAF Volunteers, and the SEFS Alumni Association for putting on an excellent Spring Networking Event! We had great feedback about both our networking skills workshop and the alumni networking social – enough that we know we’ll need to bring it back again next year. We had great attendance from undergraduate and graduate students for both segments and everyone had some wonderful snacks and brews while chatting with 11 alumni members representing a huge variety from Microsoft to Weyerhaeuser to the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Office and more!

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IFSA Spring Induction Meeting and Ice Cream Social

Come Join us May 21st at 4:30pm in the Forest Club Room to welcome new members who joined this year, nominate and elect next year’s officers, and to socialize while eating some yummy ice cream! This is going to a really fun event and will be an opportunity to find out more about our club and voice your opinion of what great activities IFSA can provide next year.


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SEFS Student Networking Event

SEFS Student Networking Event: Free Skills Workshop & Networking Social

Planning to attend a conference or professional meeting this year?
Want to learn the basics of networking and make the most out of attending professional social functions?

Join us this Earth Day evening (April 22nd) for a special networking skills workshop followed by an actual networking social. All students welcome! No prior experience needed. You will learn the basic skills to be confident and professional in conference settings and then have the chance to practice your new skills with SEFS Alumni and industry professionals at a real networking social. Don’t miss this chance! This will be a fun event and great experience.



Networking Skills Workshop – 4:30 pm in Anderson 223

Networking Social Event with SEFS Alumni and Industry Professionals – 5:30pm in Anderson 207 (Forest Club Room) with Free snacks and beverages!


RSVP to Miku Lenentine at and specify if you plan on attending the workshop and/or social

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