The 2022 Political Science Careers Colloquium will be held March 27 and 28, 2022.
Join Sarah Tolbert (CWRU, BA 09′), an international conservation and community development expert with over a decade of experience working at the nexus of wildlife conservation, policy, and human rights in sub-saharan Africa. View Sarah’s full C.V. here.
Careers Colloquium Workshop
Sunday, March 27, 11:00 – 1:00 p.m., Mather House Room 100
Covering different possible career paths within international development to the nitty-gritty of where to look for jobs and how to sell your skills to international development organizations, this workshop will provide an overview of how to begin building an international career that focuses on championing the rights of local communities. The goal is to make this workshop as useful to students as possible so bring any questions you have about working in international development or conservation! Please RSVP.
Careers Colloquium: Gorilla Conservation
Monday, March 28, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Senior Classroom B, TVUC
Mountain gorillas are the only Great Ape species whose population is currently increasing. Found in DRC, Rwanda, and Uganda, national governments, conservation partners, and tourism, have been instrumental to this conservation success. The population of the Grauer’s gorilla, however, found only in eastern DRC decreased in the last decade. This talk will address what has led to this varying conservation success and what conservation organizations and national governments are doing to provide additional protections to the Grauer’s gorilla in DRC. In particular, this talk explores the role local communities, who live near gorilla habitat, play in forest and wildlife conservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. In a time when stories about extinction and climate change dominate environmental news, this talk highlights the hope that lies in working with communities to achieve seemingly impossible conservation goals.