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Melissa's Quest to Antarctica

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Raised by 72 people in 2 months
Created July 3, 2018
Our planet has the potential to shelter, feed, clothe, calm, invigorate, heal, teach and inspire us – if we understand and protect it. But our Mother Earth is suffering, and Antarctica, being one of the most fragile natural environments, can provide insight into what's happening on a global scale. The scale of challenges facing Earth requires collaboration at all levels, in all fields, by all people.

Which is why I’m excited to announce I have joined Homeward Bound— an Australia-based leadership initiative for female scientists that aims to compile a network of 1,000 women leaders by 2026— for the 2019 year! This is a 12-month leadership program which culminates in participants spending 2.5 weeks in Antarctica and receiving state-of-the-art leadership, strategic, science and visibility training and a science education program.

I’ll be doing fundraising through GoFundMe and looking for sponsors to help come up with the money needed, and am open to any tips or open wallets (ha!). I will be working my tail off at work, half of my Patreon  funds will be going to this, and all Etsy sales  will also go to funding this trip. If you have been to Antarctica, let me know what items you are glad you brought/didn’t. I thankfully have over a year to be prepared, but have a tight schedule to make payments. This amount must be raised by the end of August. 

This is an exciting opportunity for me to go out of my comfort zone, raise my voice, and do my part to boost female participation in environmental policy-making. Developing leadership, visibility, strategy and communication skills in an international network of women enables us to become clear voices in addressing issues in our own fields, and in the broader global communities we serve.

(Photo by Rockhopper Workshops)
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I have a chance to inspire and influence thousands to take greater care of our ocean planet. To crush the stereotype of what a scientist looks like. Be a role model other Latinx people can look to when they scan the leadership table. You are your generous donations are allowing me to do this and more.

Thank you. Gracias.
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Wow! Thanks to my Shark Week debut we have gotten a few more donations in. A whale shark sized "GRACIAS" to everyone who has shared my campaign and who has donated. I'm excited to have this amazing opportunity to become a better leader and get more women involved in environmental policy decisions.
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This is why representation matters in media. This is all I wanted - to help inspire some little girls and boys of any background and to let them know diverse scientists exist. This is the kind of work I am promoting. Through Homeward Bound I am aiming to expand my leadership skills and my platform to help others see role models just like themselves.
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A huge THANK YOU to all who have continued to donate! We are so close- remember, the goal is $8k by the end of August. Please RT and share with your colleagues and friends. Thank you!
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Raised by 72 people in 2 months
Created July 3, 2018
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