Meet Gabby Diaz ’23 | First Sustainability Studies Graduate

Gabby Diaz

Gabby Diaz ’23 is the first ever student to graduate from the sustainability studies program at Hood College. As she prepares for Commencement in May, Diaz discusses her experiences with the program and what drew her to pursuing the sustainability studies major.



  • Sustainability Studies (B.A.)


  • Biology

What made you decide to attend Hood College?

I was deciding between Hood and a larger school that had a sustainability program. I loved the size and atmosphere of Hood but was really interested in pursuing a degree in sustainability. During my second visit at Hood, I was told that the sustainability studies major would be coming and that I could start the program my sophomore year. After that information was shared with me, I immediately knew Hood was where I was supposed to be.

How did you become interested in the field of sustainability studies?

I was always drawn to the outdoors, which then developed into an interest in environmental science, but I felt there was a piece missing. Sustainability combined my interest in helping the environment with social, financial and realistic ideas to reshape the world.

What has been your proudest achievement as part of the sustainability studies program?

Completing my independent study titled “The Feasibility of Recycling on Hood College’s Campus,” or being the founder and president the new student organization “Sustaining Hood.” It is extremely hard to decide.

Why do you believe sustainable practices are important for our society?

They provide realistic solutions to environmental issues that bring together people from all different backgrounds.

How does it feel to be the first person to graduate from Hood’s sustainability studies program? Do you have any advice for current/future students in the program?

I am honored and grateful to have had the opportunity to help shape the program. I feel my voice and opinion were greatly listened to and used to make adjustments for the students who come after me. My advice for current/future students is don’t be afraid to speak up. Nothing is going to change unless you make it. Have the confidence to share the “crazy” ideas and keep making noise.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I am searching for a full-time job. I hope to work in sustainable agriculture or waste management.


Learn more about the sustainability studies program.