Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies Program Committee

The Environmental Studies Program Committee (ESPC) is the governing body for the program. Its membership includes core faculty and faculty from a range of academic departments who oversee the program’s curriculum and teach many of its courses.

About the Committee

Many ESPC faculty members also serve as advisors to environmental studies majors. They often sponsor students who wish to pursue private readings and research projects for academic credit or for senior honors research.


Rumi Shammin, Chair
Jess Arnett
Swapna Pathak
Cindy Frantz
Matt Elrod
Veronica Vriesman
Ann Sherif

The ESPC Student Reps

Environmental studies majors also have representation on the ESPC. Each year, two to three students are elected to serve on the committee as student representatives. Student reps foster community among Environmental Studies Program majors and faculty through organizing formal events and casual get-togethers.

They also attend the weekly ESPC meetings; serve as a resource and advocate for program majors, minors, and prospective students; facilitate discussions between students and faculty; and manage student rep elections. 

ESPC Student Reps for 2021–2022

  • Phoebe von Conta
  • Audrey Kamal
  • Lea Watkins-Chow