Session: Students Track (Cornell)

About the Presenters

Alanna Staffin is from Bridgewater, New Jersey. She participated in the 2018-2019 Global Citizenship and Sustainability program as a student at Cornell University. This program allowed her to travel with other students from Cornell and UMIMAS to the Penan village of Long Lamai in January 2019. During her time in Long Lamai, she worked in collaboration with other students and community members to interview Penan elders about nomadic life, culture, history, and Penan values. After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science, Alanna began her graduate work at Penn State where she is currently a PhD candidate in the Integrative and Biomedical Physiology program. Her research investigates the effect of feeding dietary fat on milk production and composition in lactating dairy cows.

Sebastian is a partnerships professional with a background in stakeholder relations and public affairs. He currently works at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, where he partners with the corporate community to fund programs focused on STEAM education, public learning, and youth workforce development. His work also covers art exhibitions and other institutional projects. Sebastian previously worked at an international travel company, supporting business growth across new markets in Asia Pacific. He has also worked in public affairs, developing social impact communications for governments, philanthropies, and corporations globally.Sebastian graduated Cornell University in 2017 with a bachelor’s in hotel administration, and holds a master’s in international public policy from Fudan University. He participated in Cornell’s Global Citizenship and Sustainability program in the 2015-2016 academic year. During the program, he worked with the Long Lamai community to identify water resource management challenges and map out damaged infrastructure that affected access to water.