From the Dean
I want the Nicholas School to be a hotbed for the exchange of ideas and collision space for different cultures and experiences. Our collective potential for personal, professional and intellectual transformation is stretched when we are exposed to new ideas, perspectives and opportunities. Greater cross racial and cultural understanding, breaking down stereotypes, understanding power differentials, and fostering tolerance for different viewpoints is part of our collective obligation to create a community of which we can all be proud to be a part.
Being an environmental leader means having competencies across the range of diversity, equity and inclusion issues that we face in our professional and personal worlds. Nicholas faculty, staff and students work in an increasingly diverse workforce and we all need these skills so we can enlighten and not agitate.
In the Nicholas School, we recognize that diversity leads to excellence. Diversity of perspective and experience shapes not only how we teach, but how we conduct science and create knowledge, including how we understand the contours of problems we consider and the solutions that emerge. Consequently, we achieve excellence when we are diverse. Being exposed to different perspectives will result in us becoming better scientists, managers and practitioners as we seek to create and serve as environmental leaders of global consequence.
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 2017-2022 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 and staff 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
Organizations with a Diversity Focus
Nicholas School Student Groups
- Black and Latino Club (BLC)
- Diverse and Inclusive Community for the Environment (DICE)
- Environmental Justice Network
- Nic Queer Network (NQN)
- Working Group for the Environment in Latin America (WGELA)
Duke University 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
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.