On the panel, Munroe-Younis and Dr. Dorceta Taylor shared insights on how to advocate for yourself, the importance of having connections and mentors everywhere you go, and the need to pay it forward to uplift others along the way.
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One of Jerri Taylor’s mentees attended the panel as well. Her former student Martin McCrabb joined the WEL Summit to see her green job in action.
“I got very nervous going to the summit, but I took the opportunity to learn something from someone that I consider to be more than a mentor but a family member. My mentor inspired me to follow my dreams to make a difference in the natural world. I think that mentors have the role to challenge us; if we do not get challenged, we get bored, and if we get bored, we are not learning,” said McCrabb. “This experience changed my view of the conservation and forestry sector by showing me that it is a more diverse sector and that I have a place. It also showed me that there are many Black women who are leaders in this space, which is not represented on TV or in the media. I have never seen Black scientists up close, but I had a chance to see them at the Women in Leadership Summit, which was inspiring.”
McCrabb said Jerri Taylor taught him the importance of setting long-term goals and achieving smaller goals along the way, stepping out of his comfort zone, and having a voice in the conservation and forest sector to ensure it is a space for all. He also noted the need for family to support your dreams, and credited his mom for supporting him at the conference when he was nervous.
Women’s Environmental Leadership (WEL) was launched in 2018 by Urban Waterways to build the next generation of environmental leadership. WEL creates spaces for women to explore environmental issues through a social justice lens and consider new visions for leadership and community impact. Learn more about WEL.
The SFI-PLT-MANRRS Black Faces in Green Spaces: the Journeys of Black Professionals in Green Careers Guide inspires young Black Americans to pursue forest and conservation careers by telling the stories of Black Americans who have taken this career path and who have advice and resources to share. Learn more about the Journeys Guide.