Vi Waghiyi grew up in Savoonga on rural St. Lawrence Island, where waste from an abandoned Cold War military outpost and heavy reliance on a subsistence diet with high concentrations of industrial chemicals is likely causing high cancer rates, miscarriages and babies born with low birth weights.
Waghiyi is environmental health and justice program director for Alaska Community Action on Toxics. The organization works with locals to conduct field research and advocate on issues dealing with chemical contaminants. Waghiyi previously coordinated community-based field research on St. Lawrence Island for the organization.
Related Links: Read about Vi Waghiyi’s community-based research on St. Lawrence Island in UAA Alumni Spirit | The Collaborative on Health and the Environment interview with Vi Waghiyi | Alaska Community Action on Toxics