Cam Sylla



  • I am a sophomore Environmental Studies student at Lewis and Clark College. I am interested in Environmental Psychology and Education. I grew up in beautiful Marin County, CA and try to spend as much time outdoors as possible.

    Course Summary

    ENVS 295 is about defining engagement in terms of an environmental studies context. More-so, ENVS 295 is about working on conversation towards action in an environmental studies context. Working on this process of engagement towards action brings up many questions regarding the What, Who, and How of environmental engagement. We pose questions like "What conversations will be the most productive towards action, and how should we conduct them?" ENVS 295 lays the groundwork for moving forward with actually solving problems and effectively working with others in many contexts, which is an invaluable skill for working in the field of environmental studies. My engagement partnership group has published many posts, and completed our project record about the essential parts of engagement in relation to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC). Thus far, I have personally learned a lot about how to have more productive conversations toward action, in personal and professional contexts.

    Engagement Partnership

    One important part of ENVS 295 is an environmental engagement partnership with a Portland-area organization. The page linked above offers information and resources I helped compile for my organizational partner this semester.

    Engagement Project

    Building on the engagement partnership above, our team developed a related engagement project in collaboration with the partner. The page linked above offers details on our engagement project.

  • My Course Posts

    I've done a series of posts throughout the semester related to readings, our partnership, our project, and my thoughts on environmental engagement. See below for all posts I've published, in reverse order by date.

    Fish, Dams and Forums, Oh My! Determining CRITFC’s Engagement Proposal Feasibility

    April 22, 2020

    Our goals for CRITFC’s engagement proposal are outlined here, now we must assess them. Below are summative and formative assessments about each goal. Goal #1 To summatively assess goal #1, we would simply keep track of the number of attendees at each forum. We would then look to see if […]

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    How to Fix it for CRITFC

    April 14, 2020

    Now that we’ve discussed the “What” and “Who” of what CRITFC’s further engagement will look like, it’s time to discuss the “How”. To review, CRITFC’s “What” mainly includes the issue at hand: management of salmon in the Columbia River, ensuring tribal fishing rights (Yakama, Warm Springs, Umatilla, and Nez Perce) […]

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    Fish for Thought: Open Forums with CRITFC

    April 7, 2020

    Context of CRITFC’s Engagement The Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) excels in coordinating management policy, and working with tribes (Yakama, Warm Springs, Umatilla, and Nez Perce) to supply fishing technical services. CRITFC has a long legal history proving it’s efficiency in providing services to the groups that need them. […]

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    My Hope for Change: A Contemporary Dialogic Method

    March 16, 2020

    The Beginning of the Semester As part of my reflection on relevant themes and concepts from ENVS 295, it is important to mention my personal goals in relation to the course, and the major as a whole. A primary reason I am an environmental studies major is because I hold […]

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    It’s a Two-Way Street: How to Communicate

    March 10, 2020

    There are a myriad of environmental issues that concern today’s world, and making sure everybody is aware of them is a key step in solving them. However, getting the message across to spread awareness is not as simple as just telling people these issues exist. There are three models of […]

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    CRITFC: Who’s In and Who’s Out?

    March 5, 2020

    When looking at the “Who” of environmental engagement, there are two considerations to take into account: how similar or different do groups compare to one another, and identifying stakeholders. In understanding who’s involved in engagement, it is important to be able to identify valid stakeholders. In a general sense, stakeholders […]

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    Facts or Fiction? The Era of Post-Truth and Columbia River Salmon

    March 2, 2020

    Situating the “What” of Engagement In engaging with any community, group, or stakeholder, there must be a defined what in the means of connection. In terms of environmental engagement, the what means what environmental issue we are engaging in discussion about. We will be discussing how the what of engagement […]

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    How CRITFC Acts Effectively

    February 20, 2020

    In an article by Vox, Dylan Matthews is frustrated by his realization that most companies do not seem as if their goal is to focus on the issues that matter most. The idea of effective action, or effective altruism, is to focus on the issues that seemingly matter the most, […]

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    Accounting for All of Oregon’s History

    February 16, 2020

    Our Environmental Engagement class went on a trip to pursue different perspectives of past and current Oregon history as well as stances of environmental issues. We were given a presentation about the history of the Willamette Valley from Liza Schade, who is pursuing her masters in history at Portland State […]

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