Our Land, Our Education, Our Health (OLEH)

   Group Photo at Bio 5 with participants, year 2017       


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About

Our Land, Our Education, Our Health (OLEH) is a paid 2-week (July 11th-23rd) summer program that promotes college & workforce readiness to Native high school students. Through partnership with Arizona tribal WIOA programs, program participants will get to experience being a University of Arizona Wildcat by living on campus, gain an introduction to the field of environmental health science, and connect with other Native students & faculty!

  • The first week of the program focuses on introducing OLEH students to the University of Arizona, identifying important campus resources, networking with Environmental Health professionals and participating in STEM activities, as well as professional skill development.
  • The second week of the program will be an introduction to research, grant proposal writing and students will develop a hypothetical project that they want to conduct in their community to address local environmental health concerns.

History

The Our Land, Our Education, Our Health program was established in 2019 by the Tohono O’odham Nation One Stop program and the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC). TON One Stop and SWEHSC leadership identified the need to offer tribal high school students the opportunity to explore environmental health careers and gain a sense of belonging on the University of Arizona campus using a culturally relevant Indigenous lens.

Now accepting applications for Summer 2022!

Click here to learn more about program eligibility requirements and how to apply!