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Sylvia Homeward Bound Antarctica

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What if achieving gender balance at the leadership table was one of the most effective ways to influence environmental sustainability and reduce human impact on the environment?

It is well documented that women are graduating in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) fields in significant numbers, but are under-represented in leadership positions.

Homeward Bound is hoping to change this. Set against the backdrop of Antarctica, an area showing the fastest response to climate change, Homeward Bound is a ground-breaking leadership, strategic and science initiative for women. Their mission is to equip a 1000-strong global collaboration of women with a science background to lead, influence and contribute to policy and decision-making as it informs the future of our planet.

Simply put, Mother Nature needs her Daughters.

I am thrilled to have been selected as one of 80 international women leaders taking part in Homeward Bound 2018. The 12-month leadership program culminates in a 22-day sea expedition from Argentina to Antarctica in February-March 2018.

Help me set sail. While generously subsidized by Homeward Bound, the project is largely self-funding, with buy-in from all of those participating who believe in the project’s vision. Each woman chosen for this expedition has been tasked with raising $16,000 (US) to contribute toward the program and their berth on the expedition. 

Why support me?

There are several great articles (see a small sampling of references below) about the challenges women in science and academia (higher education) face. Participating in this program will enable me to not only acquire key skills to overcome these obstacles, it will allow me to pass these skills on to future generations of women in STEMM.

About Sylvia

My energy and enthusiasm for the environment and my philosophy that health is a basic human right permeate my work. I started my career as an environmental engineer but became interested in human health impacts, which inspired me to complete a PhD in Public Health. My research focused on how livelihood, poverty and policy influence water access in rural Uganda. I currently work with First Nations communities to support sustainable access to safe, reliable water supplies. I also lecture at the University of British Columbia on global environmental health and the impacts of climate change on human health.

Thank you to all of you for your support! I want to take you all on this incredible journey with me and will be sharing my experiences and photos of the journey with you. 


About Homeward Bound: 

Articles on Women in STEMM:


Sylvia Struck
Vancouver, BC

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