Rosalia Polanco

ropolanco19@gmail.com | Davidson, NC


Davidson College                                             

Aug 2014 – Present | Davidson, NC  
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies on a Social Science Track, GPA: 3.0
Expected Graduation Date: May 2018                
Relevant Coursework: Global Environmental Politics, Environmental Science, U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy, Science, Policy and Society, Imaging the Earth (ArcGIS), Politics, Society, and Culture   


Environmental Studies Senior Capstone    

Aug 2017 – Dec 2017 | Davidson, NC
“‘They Will Never Let Us Forget Who We Are’: A GIS and Environmental Justice Analysis of Asbestos Exposure in the Town of Davidson”
  • Mixed method approach using extensive archival research, GIS, and community interviews used to explore environmental racism in the town of Davidson, culminating into a 15-min final presentation and 50 page final paper


Davidson College Sustainability Office

Aug 2017 – Present | Davidson, NC  
Student Employee
  • The Sustainability Office strategically bridges and guides the efforts of students, faculty, staff, and the greater community towards collective, significant impact.
  • Create and lead staff/faculty engagement workshops on food, transportation, energy, and waste
  • Operate and maintain campus compost facility

Atrium Health/Carolinas HealthCare System

Jun 2017 – Aug 2017 | Charlotte, NC  
Environmental Sustainability Solutions Intern
  • Department provides strategies, resources and education for teammates across CHS to engage in sustainability through professional and personal action
  • Manage and analyze hospital waste data, resulting in first biannual departmental report
  • Conduct internal research on green building across the system


Davidson College Sustainability Office

Jun 2017 – July 2017  | Davidson, NC  
Sustainability Scholar
  • Highly selective immersive summer leadership program that places students with community partners to engage in wide-ranging, real-world sustainable projects
  • Present to local sustainability leaders of various public, private, and not-for-profit institutions on how to address sustainability issues, specifically those regarding the healthcare sector


Davidson College Academic Support

Sept 2016 – Apr 2017 | Davidson, NC  
Student Assistant  
  • Provide office, clerical and research assistance to the Communication Studies, Dance, Environmental Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies Departments  
  • Design posters and graphics and participate in departmental event planning, set-up and support

Davidson Next Project – President’s Office, Strategic Initiatives Group

Feb 2016 – May 2016 | Davidson, NC
Data Collector
  • Davidson College initiative with the College Board, edX, 2Revolutions, and CMS Schools to provide AP supplements through online modules to AP teachers
  • Collect qualitative and quantitative data on all current participating schools


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – Sigma Psi Chapter

Jan 2017 – Dec 2017 | Davidson, NC  
Chapter President, Scholarship Committee Chairman
  • Serve as the official representative to the Sorority and voice of the chapter
  • Chapter recognized for Outstanding Academic Achievement for implementation of scholarship plan

Davidson’s Patterson Court Council

May 2016 – Dec 2016 | Davidson, NC  
Public Relations Chair  
  • Serves as bridge between Greek organizations on campus and the Davidson College community
  • Manage all PCC social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram)
  • Update and design PCC website and brochure

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – Sigma Psi Chapter

Mar 2015 – Dec 2016 | Davidson, NC
Global Impact Target Captain
  • Aims at cultivating and encouraging high scholastic and ethical standards, alleviating problems concerning girls and women and being of service to all mankind
  • Plan and execute events falling under Global Impact target
  • Consistently update chapter on necessary event preparations and ensure completion of event evaluations

July Experience Program

July 2015 | Davidson, NC
Hall Counselor/Mentor
  • Participated in three-week pre-college summer academic program for rising high school juniors and seniors
  • Responsible for supervising 18+ hall residents and ensuring their presence at all mandatory program events
  • Counseled students and provided encouragement, support and advice


Proficient in Spanish (First Language), Skilled in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, ArcGIS, R, & GIMP, Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Quest Scholar (QuestBridge), First Generation Student