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Tristan Alston

High School: Monument Mountain Regional HS

Intended Major: Peace and Conflict Studies, Environmental Studies

Possible Career: Human Rights/Environmental Law, Nonprofit work

Words: compassionate, energetic, optimistic, multidimensional 

What impact do you want to have on the world?

My goals and aspirations have changed, rather ceaselessly, since I was little. But one thing has remained constant: I have always wanted to use my voice and my unique privileges to uplift those who have been marginalized and silenced, and combat the myriad of social injustices we witness all around us. Since studying at Swat, I have come to understand a profound connection between people and place—social and environmental—and I hope to find a way to fight for the freedom of the world's oppressed peoples and lands simultaneously. With the increasing prevalence of intensifying environmental degradation and social inequalities, centering the needs and voices of low income communities and communities of color is something I plan to fight for. Above all else, I hope to inspire, uplift and support others in any and every way possible, and to leave behind a legacy of kindness and reciprocity.

Name a person you admire.

My mother, who has been an endless source of love, strength and unrestricted support for me and my siblings.

What is something you are proud of in your life so far?

Growing up in a biracial family with a challenging and complex dynamic, my siblings have always been the most important thing to me. I now find incredible pride in all six of my siblings, and in the brother I strive to be for them all.

What have been the most valuable Evans Scholars program experiences for you?

The Outward Bound trip prior to my freshman fall was an incredibly challenging, insightful, and rewarding experience, that forced me to confront a number of personal fears, and form numerous valuable relationships.

What was the most transformative class you have taken and/or what subjects do you want to explore deeply?

Race, Gender, Class and Environment with Professor DiChiro