National Conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS )

Science, Technology and Diversity for a Sustainable Future

    Diana L. Restrepo is originally from Colombia, South America. She is a first year PhD student in Geography at The University of Kansas, where she has also obtained a masters and a bachelors degree. She has a Masters in Latin American Studies with emphasis in environmental problems involving water resource management in South America and Kansas and she graduated as a McNair Scholar with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biosciences and a minor in Sociology. She has received an Associate of Arts/Liberal Arts degree and an Associate of Science in Biotechnology from Johnson County Community College (JCCC), allowing her to gain extensive training in laboratory science using state of the art equipment. Her current research involves water resource management and native grassland conservation in cattle ranching operations in the Southern Cone region of South America.

    Ms. Restrepo has also acquired skills as a field biologist while working with several Friends of the Kaw scientists, educators and volunteers during a study looking at the relationship between nutrient cycling and land usage around a significant reservoir, which serves as the water source for a large number of residents and used principles of this study to create a lesson plan for the High School curriculum of Friends of the Kaw.  Diana also contributed to The Shawnee County Natural Resource Inventory and Assessment (NRIA) project with data collected from this study.  

    Diana has also been involved in the community using her bilingual skills and building the character of a true servant to the Hispanic community anywhere she goes.  She has been a translator at the Johnson County Community College dental fair serving the Hispanic community of Kansas City.  She has also been the translator for the JCCC international service learning project based in Santa Rosa, a village inside Las Pintas in Guadalajara, Mexico, in addition, she has volunteered several times as a server at the annual international dinner at the same school that collects funds for international student’s scholarships.  Diana has been actively involved with the Traveling General Colombian Consulate and has participated in several films that attempt to increase awareness among the community in regards to issues faced by immigrants in different settings.  She hopes to be able to use her cultural and language skills in future projects involving environmental education for the Spanish speaking population of the Kansas City Metro Area.


27th Annual Water and the Future of Kansas Conference
 Heidi Mehl
Heidi Mehl and Dr. Cynthia Annett
 Tom Huntzinger
Will Boyer

Open World Program environmental delegation from Russia, on Friends of the Kaw mission and activities. At request of KU Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. 2011

Water and the future of Kansas Conference. 2011
Field Work in Rural Villa Maria, Caldas, Colombia. Summer 2013.

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