Tatiana Butte is a first-generation Afro-Latina studying Human Geography. She grew up with a single mother in Southeast San Diego, where she was exposed to drugs and violence. She recognizes low-income communities of color like her suffer the strain of being unheard of for basic needs concerning areas of healthcare and environmental health crises. She acknowledged the importance of awareness around neglected issues within marginalized communities of color which led to her involvement in community activism and public speaking. Her passion is resolving environmental health issues, outdoor equity, affordable housing, community engagement, oppression, racial justice.
Tatiana advocates for environmental and outdoor equitable access for marginalized and underserved communities. She speaks with officials in California that have established programs to provide environmental education experiences across the state for diverse youth. In 2020 she received the Outdoor Retailer Youth Inspiration Award for her advocacy and commitment to environmental causes. She continues to make the distinction of encompassing the connection between outdoor equity with mental health in system impacted communities.
Major(s): Human Geography