Alyson Dagang, PhD
Dr. Alyson Dagang officially joined the FFC board of directors in 2016 and has been an ardent supporter of FFC since its inception. As the academic director of the School for International Training (SIT) Panama program during the study abroad semesters of most of the Few for Change directors, Aly played a key role in highlighting the importance of creating educational opportunities in Panama and the inequities faced by the Ngäbe-Buglé in the Comarca.
Aly served as an associate academic dean for Latin America study abroad programs with SIT and has been the academic director of the Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation SIT study abroad program from 2002 to 2005, 2007 to 2009, and 2012 to the present. Previously, Aly was a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama in the province of Panama Oeste. She has worked on numerous projects in Panama with focuses that include gender, agroforestry, sustainable agriculture, community development, environmental education, and conservation. Aly completed her BA in international development with an emphasis in Latin American studies at American University in Washington, DC, and her PhD in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida, Gainesville.