Emily Kotz, MS-B

Emily Kotz

Department of Community Sustainability

CSUS - Environmental education, participatory virtue and youth development, and community engagement and education

Advisor: Dr. Bauschpies

Hometown: Lansing, MI

Emily graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2015 with a BA in English (Writing Emphasis) and Environmental Studies. She studied abroad at the University of Aberdeen for six months where from this experience she returned to Kalamazoo to complete her senior thesis on Scottish cultural identity and literary tourism. After graduation she completed an AmeriCorps service position at Cascade Bicycle Club, a state-wide cycling non-profit based in Seattle, WA where she worked as the Youth Programs Assistant to help facilitate and implement bicycling education in Seattle public elementary, middle, and high schools.

She followed her passion for positive youth development to work for the American Youth Foundation in Shelby, MI where she worked as a outdoor trip leader and school programs facilitator.

Emily's work through her CSUS MS-B degree hopes to help foster youth's abilities as environmental change agents in their community through environmental education, and to study the development of participatory virtues to create greater potential for holistic, inclusive sustainable decision-making.

When not studying, she loves playing music (baritone uke, drums), creative writing, working on bikes, and reading. She is a member of both the student housing cooperative and the Lansing bike cooperative.