Lisset Olvera Chan

Class of 2020

My name is Lisset Olvera Chan, but I usually go by Liz. I am currently a Senior studying at Bemidji State University in Minnesota. This fall, I will finish my major in Wildlife Biology and this summer I will be a Wilderness intern at Lassen Volcanic National Park in California. I was born in Cancun, Mexico and moved to Minnesota when I was 6 years old, where I became a US citizen, Since I was a young girl, I have always had a love for the outdoors and the animals that live there. Over the years, my passion for wildlife only grew stronger as I learned more about conservation and protecting endangered and at-risk species from extinction. I have always wanted to expand my understanding of wildlife and I had always thought that working with the National Park Service would help me learn more about how the United States approaches wildlife conservation. As a Latina, I had always been the black sheep of my classmates. But being in this program, it can connect me to Latinos who are passionate about wildlife and environmental conservation and help me further my passion for wildlife. I feel this program can also help me in my career in the long term, as one of my big career goals is to work for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and work in non-game Wildlife where I can help others understand the importance of wildlife and help protect birds and other non-game animals. I also aspire to become an ornithologist, so I can study and interact with wild birds in their habitats and help educate others about bird conservation and protection. I am highly thankful for the Latino Heritage Foundation Program for giving me this opportunity, as it gives me a pathway that can take me closer to my dreams and it will immerse me in an experience that I will never forget. Thank you!