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November 2, 2018

Graduate Impact Scholarship Winner: Tania Galarce

We are excited to profile past winners of the Graduate Impact Scholarship! The Graduate Impact Scholarship is designed to benefit highly motivated and engaged adult learners who value education as a way to improve lives and communities both locally and globally. Learn more about winner Tania Galarce…

Program: Environmental Policy and Management with a concentration in Environmental Management
From: Chile
Career: Mining Engineer
Previous Education: Bachelor of Engineering Science and Mining Engineer from the University of Chile

Mining may run in the family of Tania Galarce, but to become a mining engineer is a rare oc­currence for women in Chile. But that didn’t stop Tania, who comes from a long line of miners, in­cluding her great-grandfather who died in the “Smoke Tragedy,” where more than 350 miners lost their lives because of a fire inside the El Teni­ente mine in Chile.

“Gender equity is a recurrent aspect, but it was far from discouraging and instead was an incen­tive to be part of the new generation of women in mining,” she said. “I chose to be a miner be­cause I enjoy the possibility of having access to a broad knowledge.”

In Chile, Tania worked as a project engineer at Mineria y Medio Ambiente, an engineering con­sultant office focused on environmental permits for mine projects. Today, Tania looks at the envi­ronmental angle of mining and is pursuing edu­cation to complement that path.

“Integrating my engineering background with this environmental management program will help me make this industry a sustainable and responsible activity which can co-exist properly together with the environment and communities.” 

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