Arizona State University
Ernest Chakwera is senior at Arizona State University majoring in Sustainability with minors in Economics and Women's Studies. Ernest believes that the world can achieve sustainable economies only when the concept of equality becomes the center of all systems that concern human growth and development. In sustainability, Ernest is challenged to think of things in terms of interconnected systems and build a foundation of knowledge about environmental and social issues related to sustaining the earth, including topics like energy, policy, and cultural interaction. He is also challenged to cultivate his ability to collaborate with stakeholders from an array of disciplines to develop strategic solutions to a wide range of sustainability problems. Upon finishing his freshman year, Ernest worked on research with Dr. Akua Duku Anokye on the African American Pioneers of the 20th Century in which he analyzed and compared the experience of 13 African American men and women, giving him the insight to oral history methodology, as well as African American gendered lives in Arizona. During his post sophomore year summer, Ernest studied abroad in Spain and Morocco, where he assimilated into a new culture and approached any difference and cultural conflict with civility. After his study abroad, Ernest analyzed the impacts of energy systems on culture and wrote a paper about it.