Saran Toure ’22

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Project Title

Racial Disparities in Exposure to Air Pollution

Certificate(s): African American Studies, French Language and Culture, Statistics and Machine Learning

I had the opportunity through the Princeton Recognizing Inequities and Standing for Equality (RISE) program to explore the racial and ethnic disparities that exist in exposure to air pollution. I engaged with national data sets from the Center for Air, Climate and Energy Solutions to better understand the effects of air pollution disparities in Black and Latinx communities in the contiguous United States. I then worked on finding creative outreach strategies to make these findings more accessible and available to environmental justice groups. Through this internship, I gained a better understanding of matrix manipulation and other statistical methods. My internship partner and I learned even more about current initiatives and different organizations in the New Jersey and New York areas established to eradicate racial environmental disparities. My work provided me with the space to think deeply about environmental justice and how I can use data analysis to uncover other existing disparities.

Internship Year


Project Category

Climate and Environmental Science


University of Washington


Julian Marshall, John R. Kiely Endowed Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington