Age: 27
Home Town: Lexington, Virginia
Education: BA in Hispanic Studies and Geology with an Environmental Studies minor, Oberlin College
Specific Field Interests: International Education, Curriculum Design, Sustainable Development
Placement: Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Area of Focus: Design middle school curriculum about climate change. Empower teachers and students to build skills and knowledge that lead towards positive climate action.

Fellowship Project: Environment Education

Highlights: Sydney Garvis is serving as a Banyan Impact Fellow with the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. For her Fellowship project, she will be developing middle school curriculum about climate change aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development goals. Sydney is deeply interested in international education and learning from globally underrepresented areas of the world. Sydney was a Hispanic Studies and Geology double major with a minor in Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, during which she studied abroad for a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her interest in international education deepened when she was selected as an Oberlin Shansi Fellow to teach at Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. While in Indonesia for almost 2 years, Sydney taught academic English and writing courses and started a community organization called Aceh Zero Plastic that encouraged the avoidance of single-use plastic. The COVID-19 pandemic brought Sydney back to the U.S., where she worked as an Admissions Counselor at Oberlin College. Sydney most recently worked as Development Associate for Oberlin Shansi, an international exchange non-profit based at Oberlin College. With Oberlin Shansi, she developed organized campus outreach, developed fundraising materials, and interviewed partners for an oral history podcast project. Outside of work, Sydney likes to read, roller skate, and stay in shape with aerial acrobatics. Sydney is honored to have been selected as a Banyan Impact Fellow and excited to learn as much as she can while working with CEE.

Posts by Sydney Garvis

Sydney smiles for a photo next to a new friend. Both are wearing similar lehengas, one dark green and one bright pink.

Dancin’ in the Street: Jumping into the whirlwind of Navratri

On the first Monday I was in Ahmedabad, Mukund and I found ourselves at two […]

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