Diversity & Inclusion at the Nicholas School of the Environment



The Nicholas School of the Environment strongly endorses Duke University’s position on diversity and inclusion:

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas – an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard.  All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

The Nicholas School believes that environmental issues affect us all.  

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We thus strive to build a school community that welcomes people to environmental fields regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, physical capabilities, and other important characteristics of their identity. We value our strong partnership with Duke's Office of Institutional Equity and their long-term support of our expanding efforts to create an inclusive and diverse school and to graduate alumni who will go on to build inclusive and diverse environmental professions.

We are Duke Environment.

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On this page, you will find:

  • Information about our past and upcoming events, including:
    • a series of professional development workshops to help our students, faculty, and staff recognize and address unconscious biases as well as
    • other events that explore how specific groups of people interact with or are affected by the environment.
  • Related news articles.
  • A range of resources on and off campus, including campus organizations, support services, and reference materials (see left column)




Faculty & Educational Programs

  • Dean Urban
    Senior Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives


Student Services

Pipeline Programs


  • Paul James
    Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Office of Institutional Equity

d&i actionators

  • Allison Besch, Director of Executive Education Programs
  • Nancy Kelly, Director of Nicholas Community Engagement & Events
  • Erika Lovelace, Registrar and Associate Director of Student Administration & Advising, Student Services
  • Beatriz Martin, Faculty Assistant, Dean's Office
  • Charlotte Nunez-Wolff, COO/Senior Associate Dean Finance & Administration
  • Shawn Stevenson, Analyst, IT
  • Sergio Tovar, Social Media Specialist, Marketing & Communications
  • Dean Urban, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives