Each fall, ELI welcomes 20-30 UCSB undergraduate students to begin their journey to becoming environmental leaders.
Students join ELI from various disciplines across campus, bringing with them unique perspectives and ideas and enriching each cohort with diverse projects and skill sets. Whether students are interested in fast fashion, intersectional environmentalism, marine conservation, sustainable agriculture or nutrition, climate change, or other topics, all ideas are welcome and encouraged. By the end of the fall quarter, students are partnered with external mentors with an expertise related to their project topic. They meet regularly with their mentors and the ELI Program Manager during the winter and spring quarters.
“Learning with a cohort of passionate students motivated me and allowed me to learn about different areas of environmental sustainability. The ELI program was unlike any class I've taken because of its networking and skills-building opportunities. Students who are willing to be dedicated and put in the effort are guaranteed a great learning experience! You can truly take it into any direction and cater your project toward your future career goals.”