Valley Behavioral Health Services graduate assistant Chizu Hirata came up with the idea for FVSU’s Earth Day celebration. Hirata, an international student from Japan, is currently earning a second master’s degree in public health.
“I wanted to let students to know about Earth Day, because most students here are not aware of it,” said Hirata. “This is a shared responsibility of everyone around the world to care for the Earth. We want the campus to come together for this cause and to let students know that there is something that we can start doing right now to conserve resources.”
In addition to Hirata, U. Tracy Marshall – coordinator for the Office of Diversity and International Affairs, FVSU Marketing and Communications PR Specialist Shonda Lewis, and FVSU computer science and mathematics major Niraj Yadav helped coordinate the event.
“We only had a short time to initiate the program,” said Marshall. “But we all felt so strongly about saving our resources that we did everything to make this happen. We appreciate support from all faculty, staff and students.”