Joelle Lingat ’15 is double majoring in Environmental Studies, with a focus in Urban Inquiry, and Comparative American Studies. At Oberlin she is actively involved in the Filipino American Students Association and the Asian American Alliance.During Spring Semester Joelle will be participating in Oberlin’s study abroad program entitled ‘Cities in the 21st Century’ where she will travel to 4 different cities (New York, Delhi, Dakar, and Buenos Aires) to examine the intersections of urban planning, culture, and politics. Upon completion of her study abroad program, Shansi will sponsor her in returning to her family’s home country, the Philippines for Summer 2013. Joelle will use her prior field research to conduct a comparative analysis on the effects of urban planning on a global scale and the critical components that necessitate systematic change. She hopes to use her time abroad as a springboard for an honors project within the environment studies major.