GLADES (Growth of Leadership Academics and Diversity in Ecological Sciences) is FIU’s new undergraduate ecology club (started by Christine Pardo and friends in 2013). The club focuses on introducing Florida International undergraduate students to ecology and in getting students ready for a graduate school or careers in natural sciences.
GLADES is a chapter of the Ecological Society of America’s SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability; http://esa.org/seeds/) program which aims to diversify ecology. This year, ESA SEEDS named GLADES as their “Chapter of the Year” in recognition of the club’s wonderful success and progress (selected out of 93 chapters nationwide)! The award was presented to club member at the ESA conference in Baltimore in August.
As GLADES founding and active faculty mentor, I am extremely very proud of everything that the club has done. I look forward to working more with the club this year and on into the future. It will be a lot of fun to watch the club grow and to see more and more students from an ever-greater diversity of backgrounds getting excited about ecology and conservation.
Way to go GLADES! Keep up the good work!