Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru, 21, is an environmental justice advocate passionate about creating a more inclusive environmental movement. The proud daughter of Kenyan immigrants, she is currently a senior at the University of Connecticut, majoring in Environmental Studies with minors in Global Studies and Urban and Community Studies. As the vice president of UConn’s undergraduate student body, she led the successful implementation of an environmental literacy general education requirement and co-led the state’s first youth climate lobby day. As co-founder of the UConn Access to Food Effort (UCAFE), she co-led Connecticut’s first assessment of food insecurity at a public institution of higher education and testified in support of CT H.B. 7257. UCAFE’s research has been cited in U.S. Senator Chris Murphy’s report, “The Hidden Cost of College.” In 2019, Wawa became the first black person in history to receive the Truman, Udall and Rhodes Scholarships in the same year. At Oxford, Wawa plans to pursue master’s degrees in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance and Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation.