Ari Cacic

Ari is dedicated to the study of environmental science and geographic information systems and is interested in their intersection with public service. Throughout her three years at UMBC, Ari has taken advantage of every opportunity to engage with environmental science and serve her community. In the Summer of 2019, she interned with the UMBC Interdisciplinary Co-Lab where she worked with an interdisciplinary team of UMBC students on the project Neighborhood: A State of Mind – The East Baltimore Documentary Photography Project. She worked as a legislative intern for Maryland State Delegate Dana Stein, who is Vice-Chair of the Environment and Transportation Committee. Ari is a recipient of the 2019-2021 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, through which she will intern with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) during Summer 2020. Ari was previously a Service-Learning Coordinator for the Shriver Center and tutor with Reading Partners. She is also a peer mentor to first year Sondheim Scholars.

In Ari’s words: “The Sondheim Scholars Program has provided me with numerous opportunities to explore my passions of service and environmental science and to find the overlap in them. My participation as a Sondheim Scholar has not only helped me to choose a meaningful career path, but it has also impacted the ways in which I view the world and my role in it.”

After completing her undergraduate studies, Ari plans to earn a graduate degree in environmental science and policy, and pursue a career in environmental management.