Institute for Engagement & Negotiation

Empowering communities to create shared solutions

Current Interns

Meghan Asbury

I am a first year Master of Urban and Environmental Planning candidate in UVA's School of Architecture. 

My background is in sustainability and the built environment and public policy. I am passionate about addressing socio-economic inequities, environmental ethics, and planning for climate change. Currently, I am working on the Sustainable Food Systems Task Force in preparation for the Farm to University Forum in January, where multiple Virginia universities will come together to discuss what it means to have sustainable food systems on college campuses. 

Camryn Fischer

I am a third-year undergraduate studying English in the College, and am particularly interested in environmental writing and ecocriticism.  I love thinking about how to use language and environmental justice orientations to motivate climate action.  Concurrently with my work at the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) in Charlottesville, I am excited to join the IEN team on projects for the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute.

Kristen Galban

I am a current third year student studying physics and statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences.  The 2019-2020 year marks my third year working as an intern at IEN as a part of the Transforming Community Spaces project.  As a part of this project I have been writing case descriptions of communities that have been attempting to change narratives associated with contested public spaces.  I am grateful to have the opportunity to do meaningful work and research as a part of the IEN team.

Jessica Harris

I am completing a fourth-year Master’s in Educational Psychology at the Curry School, and am from Fluvanna County just outside of Charlottesville (go, townies!). I have worked with IEN for almost 2 years, and focus on helping with the Transforming Community Spaces project and UCARE. I also serve on the Community Engagement Committee for the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers. I am so honored and excited to get to work with such passionate, dedicated individuals helping make our communities stronger and more equitable.

Mae Hovland

I am a second year from Minnesota studying Environmental Science and Public Policy and my pronouns are she/her/hers. This is my second year as an intern at IEN! I have been working on case studies of communities working to deal with conflicted spaces. It has been really exciting to learn from communities who are doing amazing work.

Pranjal Sharma

I am a second-year graduate student in Urban and Environmental Planning and also pursuing a certificate in Urban Design. I feel responsible to contribute to creating meaningful and inclusive spaces. In light of urban problems, I socially position myself as a critical thinker who can use the multi-dimensional process of planning and creating a socially equitable environment with skills like mediation and facilitation. Currently, I am working on a project called RAFT (Resilient Adaptation Feasibility Tool) for the Eastern shore in which I am responsible for creating GIS maps that would help the communities to be resilient in times of coastal inundation, hurricanes and storm surge.

Tiffany Thai

I am a second-year undergraduate studying Sociology and minoring in Urban and Environmental Planning. This is my first year interning at IEN and I am currently researching truth commissions and equity atlases in Charlottesville and other cities. I am excited to be part of IEN where I can explore my interests in social justice as it relates to community spaces. 

Yuki Zheng

I am a third-year undergraduate double majoring in History and Global Sustainability. I joined IEN as an Administrative and Projects Assistant last year and was given the opportunity to become an intern over the summer of 2019. I currently work on the Lower Chickahominy Watershed project and conduct research for the Sustainable Food Strategy Task Force. I am incredibly grateful for the experience that IEN is providing me in exploring my interests in environmental justice and policies for sustainable development.