Rasheena Fountain is an environmental and human rights activist. As a gifted writer, Fountain uses her writing pieces, from essays and poems, to spark conversations about society and the natural world.
Fountain has partnered with many environmental organizations and human rights campaigns to further her message of unity and preservation.
Who is Rasheena Fountain?
Rasheena Fountain is a well-renowned artist in crafting poems and essays with vast experience in her niche. Fountain hails from the west side of Chicago, but she is currently a resident of Seattle. Fountain’s niche includes support for the Black community, land use, environmental justice, decolonization, and Black environmental memory.
The above-aforementioned niche in which Rasheena Fountain specializes explains how she connects with current issues within society. Her experience on the west side of Chicago and Central Illinois has shaped her view on the natural world and its inhabitants.
Rasheena observations of the natural world and human society have led her to pursue and complete an Urban Environmental Education master’s degree from Antioch University in 2017. She is currently finishing her MFA in Creative Writing, where she researches and writes essay collections about Black land relationships, Indigeneity, displacement, geography, queerness, and other societal complexes.
In the fall, she will be a MA/Ph.D. student in English on the literature and culture track, deepening her research in these areas and continuing to widen the environmental memory landscape.
The personality and expertise possessed by Fountain as an essayist and a poet has earned her accolades, for example, Honorable Mention from the Trillium Arts “Miss Sarah” in 2021. Recognition by Trillium Arts is in respect to Fellowship for Black Women who are writers. Additionally, Rasheena strives to highlight the plight of Blacks through partnering with environmental organizations, for instance, the National Resource Defense Council. She has written on other Black environmentalists as part of her writing efforts to shed light on Black leaders in the environmental space.
Rasheena hopes to bring her vision, research, and experience in urban environmental education to the DEI Coordinator position for UW Sustainability and the Campus Sustainability Fund at University of Washington. She is excited to expand upon the foundations set within CSF and UW Sustainability to help recruit new perspectives, deepen relationships, and highlight existing efforts for a more inclusive, accountable, and sustainable future on campus and beyond.
She most looks forward to collaborating with colleagues and partners to support University of Washington students as they create innovative solutions to improve sustainability on campus and within the community. She believes that one barrier to sustainability engagement comes from historical misrepresentations of who is or should be engaging in sustainability work.
Rasheena wants to reiterate an invitation to students, staff, and faculty of all sexual and gender identities, physical abilities, BIPOC communities, and other underrepresented groups on campus to engage in sustainability work through UW Sustainability and CSF and for them to know that their ways of knowing, ideas, and projects are crucial to a more sustainable future.
Rasheena Fountain is an artist, writer, and advocacy leader.
Fountain specializes in connecting communities to discuss societal issues around race, gender, and the environment.
Fountain currently runs Climate Conscious Collabs, to highlight Black communities in the environmental space.