Up next we're gonna go over to Denali and Jonathan, who work together on Miami's Climate Action Task Force. Denali is majoring in Engineering with a co major in Environmental Science. Jonathan is an associate professor and the director of Miami's Institute for the Environment and Sustainability. Denali and Jonathan, you're both on.
Hi, everyone. So what is Miami University really all about? It's about providing a liberal education, which means students, staff and faculty come together to learn to create new knowledge, to look at problems from different perspectives, to make the world better. Our job is simple, to improve society. That's all no pressure. I'm the Director of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability. The institute plays a critical role at Miami providing research and educational opportunities and professional training to look at environmental issues and make a more sustainable society. In the past couple years, we've really cranked up our efforts on combating climate change with the goal of making Miami carbon neutral as quickly as we can. This is a huge team effort. As a faculty member, and hopefully as a mentor, I provide opportunities to students to exchange ideas, to ask questions, to challenge assumptions, and to become better global citizens. These are values that all faculty at Miami take very seriously. And it all starts with personal interactions. I treasure my time with students whether in the classroom, on field trips, working on research projects, providing opportunities like these is what Miami professors try to do to really help students grow and flourish. And now we're joined by a student with whom I work very closely on Miami's Climate Action Task Force, Denali. Why don't you give them a student perspective?
Thanks, Dr. Levy, I'd love to. Students and faculty working together stride for stride is a cornerstone of a Miami education. This not only prepares young generation to make tangible societal change, but also allows for an environment of innovation right here on campus. My time working with the Climate Action Task Force has not only deepened my passion for sustainability, but has also allowed me to form great connections and relationships with diverse faculty and students. I learned so much from each and every interaction with these individuals, and I'm so grateful to Miami for fostering this collective environment. My professors work hard to make sure that I'm not only grasping the academic material, but also that him developing skills like the ability to think critically, communicate, and work on a team, and systematically break down problems. This has made me so much more confident in my ability to join fellow students in addressing the complex challenges our world faces. And now back to you, Alex.
Thank you Denali and Jonathan. It's so inspiring to hear how faculty and students are working together at Miami to make the world a better place. Understanding climate change certainly is a team effort. And it seems like mentorship is a topic that keeps popping up when we hear about Miami University, Denali and Jonathan, you model that ideal very well. Thanks again for that.