GASP: What is your major at and why did you choose it?
Rosalyn Mwenja: I am a vocal performance major because I have a passion for classical singing and am especially drawn to opera.
GASP: What do you hope to do after you graduate?
RM: I hope to perform, travel, and learn about different cultures through language, food, and art. I want to keep looking for ways to improve the sustainability of our society and finding ways to help people implement them into their lives easily.
GASP: What is your dream job?
RM: I’m still exploring what career will be the best fit for me.
GASP: What do you hope to learn while interning with GASP?
RM: As the direct service intern, I am looking forward to to learning what goes into running a market that provides food and other necessities. I want to learn how people are organizing and advocating for a healthier future in Birmingham, and meet the people who are already engaged in that work.
GASP: Why is our mission to reduce air pollution important to you?
RM: I know how much polluted air can affect almost every aspect of a persons life. It can drain their health, depress the value of their land, and contaminate soil and water as well. Healthy air is an essential element for a society to have healthy people, and so I believe it’s vital that we all strive to stop the high levels of air pollution that are happening in the Birmingham Metropolitan area.
GASP: What are your hobbies?
RM: I love to go hiking and mountain biking with friends, listening to music, and to cook and bake new recipes.
GASP: Who or what are your influences
RM: Jenelle Monaé and Audrey Hepburn are my main people inspirations. I also feel strongly called and encouraged by the growing number of people (especially the younger people) who are calling for attention and solutions to the climate crisis.
GASP: What are some other fun facts about yourself?
RM: I love studying languages and am learning Spanish right now. I’ve recently become very interested in learning about traditional foodways from around the world.
Kirsten has been with GASP from the very beginning as a founding board member, then as a part-time executive director, and now as outreach director. Kirsten hopes future generations will inherit a healthy Alabama where clean air and water are valued and protected. Email Kirsten