Environmental issues affect us all. We all need to be part of the solutions.
We do a better job of identifying and building knowledge about environmental problems, developing novel research tactics to confront them, and teaching about them when we bring more diverse perspectives into the School. The 2017-2020 Nicholas School Strategic Plan outlines five goals for enhancing diversity and inclusion, an effort we believe is central to achieving our mission of creating knowledge and leaders of consequence for a sustainable future.
The DE&I Actionators are a core group of faculty, staff and students who are committed to building community by actively supporting initiatives and leading discussions that further various dimensions of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the Nicholas School of the Environment community.
Duke Office for Institutional Equity
We value our strong partnership with Duke's Office for Institutional Equity and its support of our efforts to create a community that recognizes and values the contributions and concerns of all its members, regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, physical capabilities and other important characteristics of their identity.
Learn More: Duke Office for Institutional Equity
Rising TIDE: Training for Inclusion and Diversity in the Environment
Rising TIDE is an innovative program to train Nicholas School graduate students in valuable knowledge and skills related to inclusion and diversity. We see it as the next wave of environmental leadership.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when the next Rising TIDE program series will be offered.
Training Components & Schedule
Students participating in the program attend six interactive classroom sessions led by practitioners, professionals, researchers, and other experts. The two-hour sessions plus supplemental readings and pre-work combine for a total time commitment of 19-24 hours, during which students acquire skills to improve their professional conservation opportunities and management decisions.
Although specific sessions may vary depending on the views and expertise of the presenters, students can expect to learn about the following general topics:
- Inclusion and Diversity 101
- History of diversity in the environment
- Socioeconomic classes
- Race & ethnicity
- Gender identity and sexual orientation
- Culture: domestic and international
Organizations with a Diversity Focus
Nicholas School Student Groups
- Black and Latino Club (BLC)
- Diverse and Inclusive Community for the Environment (DICE)
- See more Nicholas School Student Groups
Duke Student Groups
- Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA)
- Bouchet Society
- Duke University Chinese Students and Scholars Association
- Duke Vets
- Graduate and Professional Women’s Network
- Hurston James Society
- Latino Grads
- Muslim Student Association
- Women in Science and Engineering
- See more Duke Student Groups
Duke Campus Resources
- Center for Gender & Sexual Diversity
- Center for Multicultural Affairs
- International House
- Jewish Life at Duke
- Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture
- Muslim Life
- Women’s Center
- American Association of Blacks in Energy
- Association for Women in Science
- Center for Diversity and the Environment
- Society of African American Marine and Environmental Scientists
- Society of Women Environmental Professionals (Triangle Chapter)
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Discussion
Master of Environmental Management students Matias and Yi discuss the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion with Stanback Dean Toddi Steelman and faculty member Betsy Albright.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the Nicholas School
Stanback Dean Toddi Steelman discusses the Nicholas School of the Environment’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion with Master of Environmental Management students Udit Gupta, Dieynabou Barry and Rosanne Lam live from Grainger Hall.
Alum Dika Kuoh on Black History, Diversity in Environmental Engineering
Nicholas School Alum Dika Kuoh (DEL-MEM '13) joined us via Skype to discuss black leaders that he admires and diversity in the field of environmental engineering.
How Did You Benefit from the Diversity of Students in the Program?
Laura Vedral (DEL-MEM ’17) and Dika Kuoh (DEL-MEM ‘13) discuss the value of studying among a diverse cohort on the DEL-MEM online master's program.
Facebook Live: Faculty, Students Lead Diversity & Inclusion Efforts
Stanback Dean Jeff Vincent, along with masters students Gloria Aldana, Kristen McKinley and Taylor Price, discuss how they're leading efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment.
Sustainability and Talent Recruitment: Diversity and Inclusion Hiring Strategies
Glenda Lee, assistant director of Alum Affairs at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and MEM students Sidney McLaurin, Jr., and Laura Marie Davis, discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in today's hiring and recruiting.