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Kaija Schlangen


Professional title

Sustainability Student Assistant


I grew up on the North Shore in Two Harbors, MN on a healthy diet of hiking, climbing, and giving tourists directions to Betty’s Pies. I am in my second year at UMD and am pursuing a degree in Teaching High School Spanish with a minor in Multilingual Education. Alongside working for the Office of Sustainability, I am also involved in the Spanish Club and the Sustainability Coalition.

Sustainability became a passion of mine as I started noticing how interrelated global problems are and how a lot of them can be linked to our climate. I am especially interested in examining the intersectionality between the environment, cultures, and genders and sharing this information with the communities around me.