Leehi Yona

Institute of Arctic Studies Intern

Leehi Yona completed a two-year Diplôme d’études collégiales in Integrated Arts and Sciences at Marianopolis College in Montreal, Canada, before coming to Dartmouth. She is passionate about the interconnectedness of climate change and giving youth a voice when it comes to solving these issues. She has been a youth delegate to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) and Commission on Social Development (CSocD) conferences, and has organized several climate campaigns engaging civil society. In 2012, Leehi attended the Northern Forum Youth Eco Forum in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, as a Québec delegate, and spoke as a youth representative on a panel of Arctic Council ministers at COP18 in Doha, Qatar. At Dartmouth, she is a Double Major in Environmental Studies and Biology and a Minor in Public Policy. In 2013, she was a field assistant in Dr. Ross Virginia’s lab, conducting fieldwork in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, and analyzing samples back in Hanover with graduate student Julia Bradley-Cook. This year, she is a Presidential Scholar in Dr. Virginia’s lab, researching Arctic Council leadership, and has been selected as a Stamps Leadership Scholar to pursue a self-designed Arctic Issues fellowship. Leehi is a recipient of the Lieutenant-Governor of Québec’s Youth Medal and was named Canada’s Top Environmentalist Under 25 in 2013. She loves painting Impressionist art and witnessing the Arctic’s endless daylight.


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