Jan-Michael Archer

Jan-Michael Archer is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Maryland's School of Public Health and a UMD Global STEWARD Fellow. As a doctoral student in the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) Laboratory, Archer employs community-engaged and citizen-science practices to develop relationships and capacities within communities. His primary focuses are on reducing the air pollution that’s overburdening in Black communities and increasing green space equity. But in 2016, he felt he needed a break from academia, so he dove into the world of outdoor education -- working with conservation organizations throughout the Chesapeake Bay region (including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Aquarium, Living Classrooms Foundation, and others). Reflecting on the lack of opportunities for Black youth, Archer was compelled to investigate barriers to equity in the environmental field. Five years later, this still drives his research.

Jan-Michael Archer is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Maryland's School of Public Health and a UMD Global STEWARD Fellow. As a doctoral student in the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) Laboratory, Archer employs community-engaged and citizen-science practices to develop relationships and capacities within communities. His primary focuses are on reducing the air pollution that’s overburdening in Black communities and increasing green space equity. But in 2016, he felt he needed a break from academia, so he dove into the world of outdoor education -- working with conservation organizations throughout the Chesapeake Bay region (including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Aquarium, Living Classrooms Foundation, and others).

Reflecting on the lack of opportunities for Black youth, Archer was compelled to investigate barriers to equity in the environmental field. Five years later, this still drives his research.