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Jayla Simon

Research Assistant, University Sustainable Investment Working Group (USIWG)

Jayla Simon is a Sophomore at Michigan State University studying Social Relations and Policy and Comparative Cultures and Politics at James Madison College (JMC). Jayla joined CCED in March of 2023, bringing with her a passion for environmental and social justice and a motivation for research in institutional and structural change. She is a member of the Sunrise Movement’s MSU hub, where she advocates for environmental justice through institutional divestment from fossil fuels. She also aids Dr. LaMore and the Ad Hoc University Sustainable Investment Working Group (USIWG) in their efforts. Jayla is excited to further develop her passions at CCED, investigating ways in which endowments can be invested with equitable standards and with intent for transformative social impact. Jayla enjoys spending her free time outside as a member of the MSU Outdoor Club and thoroughly enjoys spending time with her cat and appreciating music and movies.