Smriti Dahal

Smriti   Dahal
  • MS Environmental Policy 2007
Nepal is home to eight of the world's highest mountains, and one alumnus from this rooftop of the world has some pretty lofty ideas.

Smriti Dahal graduated in August 2007 with a master's degree in environmental policy. Her research took her back to her native Nepal, where she studied a group of women in Gundu, a village eight miles southeast of Kathmandu.

The women were managing a small woodlot used by the entire community - and they were asserting themselves in a country hidebound by male dominance and an outlawed, but persistent, caste system.

Dahal found the forest thriving and the women branching out into newfound leadership.

Excerpted from Michigan Tech Magazine, Winter 2007-2008