“None of this work would have been possible had it not been for the investment that many have made in my life, including my professors at UMD. What I’ve learned, even in the scientific discipline, helped inspire and order my work to become a key player in the social justice movement.”
I am driven to connect land rights to human rights
Cristina Coc led a historic movement to secure the land rights of the Maya people of southern Belize. Today she’s helping develop a sustainable Maya economy from an indigenous way of life, inspiring communities worldwide.
Historic victory for indigenous peoples
“This has never been about acquiring territory. My communities have lived and depended on these lands for over seven generations. What we’re fighting for is our self-determination.” Cristina Coc, alumna