December 2023 Webinar - Sinking In: Culture and Disruption
Thursday, December 14, 2023 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM) (EST)
This webinar will explore the connections between culture and environment in coastal Louisiana while sharing the advocacy and education efforts of the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center.
Speaker: Jonathan Foret
As a native of Chauvin, Jonathan Foret grew up in a culture-rich environment from working on shrimp boats as a young boy to speaking Louisiana French with his grandmother. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Nicholls State University and taught English at Grand Caillou Middle in Houma, LA and later in Brooklyn, New York before he joined the Peace Corps.
He served in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific for two years where he taught English as a second language, served as community development coordinator and taught the Tongans how to use a Louisiana cast net. He returned to the States to work with several nonprofit organizations before leaving again to take a position with a disabled people’s organization in Bangladesh. This work led him to work for the United Nations in the Asia Pacific region.
Upon completion of this work he returned to the United States to receive his master’s in Public Administration from the University of New Orleans. He is proud to be working with the board of directors for the Wetlands Discovery Center to move the organization’s vision forward.