Eesha Gupta '22 is a member of the Gerstell Academy Intern/Mentor Program: Spanish in the Community. This program focuses on three out of four of Gerstell Academy's pillars; College Preparatory Academics, Leadership Education, and Modern Language Proficiency.
While taking this course, Eesha has discovered that her field of interest is in the area of environmental sustainability. Eesha's investigation focuses on environmental justice in Southeast Chicago, where underprivileged communities of color are excessively burdened by air pollution emitted from industrial facilities. Eesha uses Spanish to interact with people in the community and has mentors with whom she works with in Baltimore and Chicago. She had several meetings in Spanish with her multilingual mentor in Chicago and with the Director of the Southeast Environmental Taskforce, an organization that advocates for the rights of these marginalized communities as they relate to environmental justice. As part of the Spanish in the Community course, Eesha called upon her peers, during a recent Upper School presentation, to take action and to work for a healthy environment in the future.