Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 25, 2023, Wesleyan University, Middletown

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Jayson Velazquez

Jayson Velazquez

Jayson Velazquez

Graduate Student
Yale School of the Environment

Jayson Velazquez was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, and currently resides in New Haven as he wraps up his first year of the Master of Environmental Science program at Yale School of the Environment. His interests are in connecting community-based organizations based on their ability to acquire and distribute emergency resources through natural hazards and disasters.

At Yale, Jayson is a Research Fellow in the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Sustainability Initiative under the direction of Dr. Dorceta Taylor where he is researching food access and security, food disparities, and food justice.

Jayson is also a 2021 graduate of The Ohio State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Environment and Natural Resources. His undergraduate thesis addressed models for coalition building and emergency resource distribution among community-based organizations in his hometown through the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. While enrolled at Ohio State, Jayson spent two years in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) both at the University of Michigan and Yale School of the Environment where he researched the social justice implications of green infrastructure development.

During his time in Connecticut, he has had the opportunity to intern with the Urban Ecology Wellness Center in Hartford, Connecticut on pilot programming to combine the benefits of mental and physical wellness with the healing and restorative power of nature. Jayson is also working with community-based organizations in New Haven to connect with graduate students who are eager to lend their time and research abilities to fill programmatic and policy gaps. He also has experience working in the smart cities space where he developed guidance for equity in vehicle electrification infrastructure in Columbus, Ohio along with urban farming in his hometown.

Outside of his professional and academic life, Jayson enjoys riding his bike, playing ukulele and saxophone, and journaling!