Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program History
The program honors the late U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland's effective efforts to promote a clean and healthy environment. Congressman Leland was killed in a plane crash on August 7, 1989, en route to Ethiopia on a mission as Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Hunger.
Leland's environmental commitment is well documented:
- Noted for his contributions as a member of the Subcommittee on Health and Environment
- Emphasized and demonstrated the importance of heightened awareness and involvement of minority participation in the protection of public health and environmental issues
- Consistently addressed public health issues related to the minority community
Congressman Leland was one of the nation's most effective leaders on environmental issues and mentored many of today's Texas leaders. He remained a community activist who always took time to help the underprivileged and under represented. This program was initiated to celebrate and honor his work.
- To heighten the awareness and encourage the participation of minorities, women, and economically disadvantaged college/university students regarding environmental-related issues and policies;
- To develop a diversified work force within Texas' environmental agencies and private corporations by promoting employment opportunities for students exploring future professional opportunities in the environmental fields; and
- To train and equip students for future careers as environmental professionals.