April 16, 2004

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Green Corps Environmental Leadership Training Program selects 2 KU students

LAWRENCE -- A University of Kansas senior and a recent graduate are among 27 individuals selected nationwide for the 12th annual Green Corps Leadership Training Program, a Boston-based organization that trains environmental and social activists.

They are Eva Hernandez, Wichita senior in environmental studies, and Lindsey Hodel, Kirkwood, Mo., who received a bachelor of science degree in 2003 from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications with emphasis in news and information and a minor in German.

Their yearlong studies in the skills and strategies of grassroots organizing will begin in August with classes during the year in Boston as well as field training exercises throughout the United States. The organization was founded in 1992 by social change leaders David Brower, Cesar Chavez and Lois Gibbs, and has directed campaigns for groups such as Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund and the Toxics Action Center.

Green Corps recruits college seniors and recent graduates whose selection for the leadership class program is based on their applications and interviews. The two KU students were the only students chosen this year from Kansas colleges and universities.

Eva Hernandez, a graduate of Wichita North High School, is the daughter of Antonio and Robin Hernandez. Lindsey Hodel, a graduate of Kirkwood High School, is the daughter of Sarah Haenni and Tom Hodel of Kirkwood, Mo.


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