Remembering alumna Nicole Sangsuree Barrett
Author: Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Posted: July 30, 2014


Nicole Sangsuree Barrett, a 2013 graduate of PSU’s Sustainability Leadership for Sustainability Education program, was hit by a car and killed instantly in Chiang Mai, Thailand on July 18, 2014.

The 34-year-old-Portland native was a singer, songwriter, and activist for environmental and social causes. She was in Thailand studying at the International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Social Justice. Two weeks before her untimely death, Barrett released a powerful music video called Earth My Body.

Barrett’s life was filled with accomplishments in service to her community. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Oregon before pursuing her graduate degree at Portland State University. While at PSU, she worked as the cultural sustainability coordinator with the PSU Sustainability Leadership Center, helping connect environmental and social justice issues by mentoring student volunteers and leading a series of campus events.

Barrett performed and led workshops at Portland State University, Western Oregon University, Clark College, and the University of Oregon. She also taught an urban farming series at Portland Community College and worked at Metro for six years as a waste reduction educator. Her involvement with the Portland community included work with Colored Pencils Art & Culture Council, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, and the Northwest Earth Institute.

A memorial is being hosted at Columbia Park in North Portland on Sunday, August 10 at 1 p.m. All friends are invited to attend.

Grief counseling is available for students, staff, and faculty. Please contact PSU’s Center for Student Health and Counseling at 503-725-2800 or online at

Read more about the legacy of Nicole Sangsuree Barrett in a tribute by Heather Spalding »