Jacqueline Yap, C'15

Over this past year, ENVS alumna Jacqueline Yap (C’15), has been busy filling her gap year with meaningful experiences. From her work as a member of the Sierra Club Youth Executive Committee, to managing Dr. Eri Saikawa’s lab here at Emory, to working with the Climate@Emory team -  Jacqueline has embraced her passion to advance youth involvement in climate change issues.

In March of 2015, Jacqueline was appointed to the executive committee of the Sierra Student Coalition (SSC). The coalition works to build a broad network of young people, high school and college-aged, to build a network of young people committed to climate, environmental and social justice (http://www.sierraclub.org/programs).  As part of the executive committee, Jacqueline had the opportunity to attend the COP21 talks in Paris in December. As part of her Paris experience, she presented at the Conference of Youth about an SSC initiative known as the Online Youth Exchange Program. Launched the previous summer, the exchange program aims to bring youth organizers together to build long-term partnerships to build and enhance understanding of climate issues across countries.

From presenter to participant, Jacqueline’s time in Paris at COP21 was rich with experiences – from presenting at an event at the China Pavilion titled “Global Youth Climate Action”, to inadvertently sitting in a closed-door negotiation, Jacqueline has a host of experiences to carry her forward to her next endeavor: law school in fall 2016.

We invite you to find out more about Jacqueline and the work of the Sierra Student Coalition, Professor Saikawa and Climate@Emory through the following links:



Professor Saikawa's Lab Link


We could not be more proud to have Jacqueline as an ENVS alumna and look forward to seeing what adventures she embraces next.