Updates, Youth
April 22 2020

Surfrider Launches Inaugural Student Club Leadership Council

by Ryan Cruse

Surfrider is excited to annouce the formation of our inaugural Student Club Leadership Council (especially on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!), who will help shape the future of our club network through the development of new ideas, resources, tools and opportunities! In addition to helping us build a stronger student club network, our hope is that this coucil will serve as a tool for these rising stars in the ocean protection world to further hone their leadership skills, network across the country and develop new solutions to the challenges facing our ocean. The council will meet on a monthly basis for the duration of their 2-year term. 

Meet the Team!

Our first cohort is comprised of current Surfrider Student Club leaders from high schools and universities in Hawaii, California, Florida and Washington D.C.. Meet the team below and learn what inspired them to apply for a seat on the council.

Emma Kavanaugh - St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Hollywood, FL)

"I have learned a lot at the student club level, but I want to learn more and do more to protect beaches around the country. I believe the council is a great opportunity for me to be able to do this by connecting with peers from different places and gaining new perspectives. Personally, I will be able to learn more about Surfrider programs and how to approach the public and legislation about these programs."


Isabella Jaramillo -  Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)

"I would like to be a part of the Student Club Council because I would like to help other clubs who are just starting out as well as being able to build a community with other clubs. I would have liked to have had a fellow student(s) guide me through my process of starting a club, and so I am eager to facilitate and help in any way for all future and current club leaders."


Marissa Miller - Cal Poly University (San Luis Obispo, CA)

"I want to serve on the Surfrider Student Club Council because I want to ensure that not only Cal Poly’s club succeeds in the future but that all Surfrider student clubs do. I hope to contribute to future success of the club network by contributing to the creation of resources for future club leaders as well as seeking ways to improve methods for communication and collaboration both within the network of student clubs and between student clubs and their local Surfrider chapters."


Skye Schoenhoeft - Tamalpais High School (Mill Valley, CA)

"I started working with the Surfrider Foundation my junior year, and being a part of the organization is now one of the defining parts of who I am. I love the ocean and I am immensely grateful to have found an outlet where I can pursue coastal conservation. I want to be on the Club Leadership Council because I want to work closely with other club leaders and have a better chance at reaching larger communities." 


Tabatha (Tabbi) Knundson - University of Hawaii Manoa (Honolulu, HI)

"I have been a part of the Surfrider student club network for about 4-6 years and have absolutely loved it. I think that the student clubs are a great opportunity for students to be introduced to environmental activism, and provides a great segway into continued and stronger forms of activism in Surfrider chapters and elsewhere. I would love to be able to join the student club council and work with other dedicated leaders from across the country to strengthen the network, our campaigns, and more."


Emily Ramirez Miranda - Chaminade University of Honolulu (Honolulu, HI)

"The reason why I want to join the Student Club Council is to gain important skills I will need for my club members. As well as to learn how to engage with our current school clubs whether they are local or national. It will connect me with these amazing club leaders to collaborate by developing opportunities, tools, and insightful information that will help current and future club leaders."


Kalista (Kali) Pepper - George Washington University (Washington D.C)

"I have led the GWU Surfrider Foundation Club for a year and a half now. In my role, I have learned more about myself, my peers, the environment and the world than I have in any traditional classroom. The opportunity to engage with my fellows in a way that allowed us to focus on something bigger than ourselves was one that opened my eyes to the significance of community and friendship. I want to join the Student Club Council for personal reasons (I want to continue to learn how to do more and be more for the sake of our environment from some amazing people) and for egalitarian reasons (I owe it to the natural world to learn how to protect it better)."


Chandler Mcdowell - George Washington University  (Washington D.C)

"I want to join the Surfrider Student Club Council because it would provide me further engagement with the other students from around the country who are involved with the Surfrider Foundation and committed to its mission. Young people are the future of this Earth and I believe it is of utmost importance to get more students involved in protecting the environment and the animals living in them." 

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