Na'Taki Osborne Jelks
Na'Taki Osborne Jelks is an American environmental scientist. She is an assistant professor of environmental and health sciences at Spelman College. She is a visiting professor of public health at Agnes Scott College. She is known for her works in environmental justice and urban sustainability. She was named a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014 for her works.
Na'Taki Osborne Jelks
|Awards||Champion of Change (2014)|
|Fields||Environmental justice, urban watersheds, environmental youth education|
|Thesis||Combined Environmental and Social Stressors in Northwest Atlanta's Proctor Creek Watershed: An Exploration of Expert Data and Local Knowledge (2016)|
|Doctoral advisor||Christine Stauber|
Jelks was born in Walnut Grove, Mississippi. Her family later moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was given her BS from Spelman College. She received her master's of public health in environmental and occupational health from Emory University. She got her PhD from the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Her PhD was awarded in 2016, for a thesis titled Combined Environmental and Social Stressors in Northwest Atlanta's Proctor Creek Watershed: An Exploration of Expert Data and Local Knowledge. Jelk's doctoral advisor was Christine Stauber. Her scholarship is about community engagement to identify environmental stressors in urban watersheds.
Environmental justice leadershipEdit
In 2001, Jelks co-founded the Atlanta Earth Tomorrow Program. It is a National Wildlife Federation program. It connects urban youth to nature, civic engagement and leadership development.
She is the co-chair of the Proctor Creek Stewardship Council. It is a grassroots organization. It focused on restoring the ecological health of the Proctor Creek Watershed in west Atlanta. She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Citizen Science Association. In 2018, Jelks was a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (NEJAC). She is also the manager for Community and Leadership Development Programs for the National Wildlife Federation.
Awards and honorsEdit
- 2014: White House Champions of Change
- Thompson, Sarah (21 October 2016). "Chapter Six: An Ecologically Beloved Community (An Interview with Na'Taki Osborne Jelks". In Myers, Ched (ed.). Watershed Discipleship: Reinhabiting Bioregional Faith and Practice. Wipf and Stock Publishers. pp. 102–120. ISBN 978-1-4982-8077-8. Archived from the original on 3 May 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
- "Faculty Profile | Na'Taki Osborne Jelks, PhD, C'95". Spelman College. Archived from the original on June 28, 2020. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
- Osborne Jelks, Na'Taki (2016). Combined Environmental and Social Stressors in Northwest Atlanta's Proctor Creek Watershed: An Exploration of Expert Data and Local Knowledge (PhD thesis). Georgia State University. Archived from the original on June 11, 2020. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
- Osborne Jelks, Na’Taki; Hawthorne, Timothy L.; Dai, Dajun; Fuller, Christina H.; Stauber, Christine (2018). "Mapping the Hidden Hazards: Community-Led Spatial Data Collection of Street-Level Environmental Stressors in a Degraded, Urban Watershed". International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15 (4): 825. doi:10.3390/ijerph15040825. PMC 5923867. PMID 29690570.
- Jennings, Viniece; Baptiste, April Karen; Osborne Jelks, Na’Taki; Skeete, Renée (2017). "Urban Green Space and the Pursuit of Health Equity in Parts of the United States". International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 14 (11): 1432. doi:10.3390/ijerph14111432. PMC 5708071. PMID 29165367.
- "About". West Atlanta Watershed Alliance. Archived from the original on June 25, 2020. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
- "Na'Taki Osborne Jelks | Environmental Leadership Program". elpnet.org. Retrieved 2020-06-12.[permanent dead link]
- Keating, Caitlin (2020-04-16). "Activist Whose Mom Got Sick in 'Cancer Alley' Fights for 'Healthy Environments' for All". PEOPLE.com. Archived from the original on 2020-06-12. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
- Toney, Heather McTeer (2019-07-25). "Opinion | Black Women Are Leaders in the Climate Movement". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2020-06-10. Retrieved 2020-06-10.
- "Na'taki Osborne Jelks". The White House. Archived from the original on 2020-06-11. Retrieved 2020-06-10.