Scientist Sentinels: Civic Engagement and Leadership Program
This program brings together scientists working at the nexus of environment and civic engagement to advance the role of science in the United States, inspire their peers, and support evidence-based decision making at the local level and beyond.
When scientists are at the table alongside local community decision makers, we get more informed solutions that have a greater chance of success. We are growing a network of leaders who bring their whole selves to their science and engagement, and who apply their diverse perspectives to solving urgent challenges. By engaging with community leaders, resource managers and policy makers, these scientists will advance durable, innovative solutions that build a better future for the United States and its diverse peoples and environments.
2020 Science Sentinals
Middle Tennessee State University
Grand Canyon Trust
University of Idaho
City University of New York - Graduate Center
State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
University of Texas at El Paso
U.S. Agency for International Development
University of Colorado Boulder, Environmental Studies Progra
University of Northern Colorado
University of Texas at El Paso
Luis Alexis Rodríguez-Cruz
University of Vermont
Pennsylvania State University
University of California, Davis, and Forbes Science
Columbia University, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology
University of Hawai'i
Dr. Adelita G. Cantu
Dr. Amanda Fencl
Dr. Anne Hilborn
Dr. Carlos M. De León-Rodríguez
Dr. Laura E. Martinez
Michelle Del Rio
Dr. Mohamed Yakub
Dr. Paula Stigler Granados
Dr. Ramesh Laungani
Dr. Sarah Evanega
Dr. Se Jin Song
Shayle Benjamin Matsuda
Dr. Vijay Lemaye
Amanda Stanley is COMPASS’s Executive Director. She provides leadership in mission, vision, and strategy. Prior to joining COMPASS in 2017, she was the Conservation Science Program Officer at Wilburforce Foundation for six years, directing the foundation’s efforts to provide science capacity to grantees and partners, empowering scientists to engage in management and policy, and ensuring that decisions are made with the best available science.
Pamela Chiang is the president of Chiange Inc. and is an organizational consultant, facilitator, leadership trainer, and executive coach. Leaders seek out Pamela when they find themselves stuck. She describes herself as an “organizational and leadership acupuncturist” by helping people gain insights and take actions that lead to breakthroughs. She specializes in organizational visioning, culture change, team alignment and leadership development. Pamela cut her teeth as an organizer and leader in the environmental justice movement of the 1990s. Motivated to expand the effectiveness of the progressive sector, she masterfully coaches, trains, and facilitates leaders to be more successful agents of change.
Joanna Nadeau is an outreach coordinator for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she helps scientists and other experts get involved in serving as watchdogs for science, and mobilizes Science Network members to push back against attempts by Congress to cut vital science-based public protections. Prior to joining UCS, Joanna worked for Audubon International as director of community programs, where she brought technical experts, community members, and policymakers together to shape local sustainability policies. She was also involved in New York state’s Fight for Fifteen campaign, where she worked with economists and fast food workers to raise the minimum wage. She earned a B.S. in biology from Haverford College, and an M.S. in environmental and healthy city planning from the University of Arizona.
How to Apply
Applications for the 2020 cohort are now closed. We will post instructions here when soliciting applications for the next cohort. Typically the application includes brief background information and several short-answer questions.
Need more info? Please contact opportunities@COMPASSscicomm.org.
How do I know if I’m eligible?
If you are a scientist whose work is at the nexus of environment and society, and you would like to take your communication and leadership skills to the next level, we encourage you to apply. Please review the other questions regarding eligibility below. If you are still unclear about whether or not to apply, please contact us at opportunities@COMPASSscicomm.org.
What stage in my career do I have to be in to apply?
We welcome scientists from all career stages—graduate students to emeritus. We have found that having a mix results in great conversations and mentorship, as everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach.
Does it matter where I live?
We are looking for scientists currently residing in the US; however, it is not a requirement to be a US citizen or permanent resident. Scientists who do research outside the US are also welcome to apply, as long as their civic engagement goals are focused on the US.
What does the program include?
The 9-month program will include peer-coaching sessions and webinars on specific topics, determined by the group’s needs and interests. We will also have some individual coaching available to help you achieve your goals. At a minimum, be prepared to commit about 4 hours/month for peer coaching and webinars, plus whatever time you dedicate to achieving your civic engagement goals.
What are the goals of the program in regards to civic engagement?
This program supports scientists with the tools, training, and network to make progress on their personal goals for civic engagement. COMPASS does not provide the civic engagement goals for the participants; they are self-identified. We will provide a solid grounding in understanding the policy landscape, how change happens, what roles you can play as a scientist, and how to build your network.