Master of Environmental Studies

Student Profile

Dianne Dochow, 1st Year, Water Issues, Policy, & Environmental Education

Where are you from?Dianne Dochow, 1st Year MES Student
Enumclaw, Washington

What drew you to the MES program at The Evergreen State College?
After researching several environment-centered graduate programs, the Master of Environmental Studies at The Evergreen State College was by far my first choice.  Along with an excellent reputation and accomplished faculty, the interdisciplinary curriculum encourages students to form connections across a variety of interests.  The ability to explore and understand issues from different perspectives provides greater depth in the learning process.  In addition, it is a key component in the collaborative efforts that are essential to developing functional solutions to the complex environmental challenges we face.  I look forward to taking my academic journey and environmental advocacy activities to the next level in the MES program at Evergreen.

What is your previous education and work experience prior to entering the MES Program?
Working as a civil engineering designer and construction inspector, stormwater and wastewater treatment systems were the projects I enjoyed the most.  In the course of my duties, I observed many opportunities to improve environmental stewardship, especially with regard to water sustainability, and had a strong desire to be engaged in developing solutions.

The Evergreen State College Tacoma is my alma mater for a BA focused on Environmental Studies.  I also earned an AS degree in Design Drafting Technology and an AA in Business Management/Marketing at Green River Community College.  As an undergraduate student, I served internships with the State of Washington Department of Ecology Water Resources Program and the nonprofit organization Citizens for a Healthy Bay.

What are your areas of interest in the MES program?
Water Sustainability, Environmental Policy and Environmental Education.