Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Our school's dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). DEI is central to our mission to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment, for we believe that diversity is key to individual and societal success, educational excellence and the advancement of knowledge.

In service to our core values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, we commit to the following.

  • Act with deliberateness and humility as we seek to respect and leverage diversity, ensure equity, and promote inclusion;
  • Prioritize the Coordination and implementation of practices that are aligned with our commitment to promoting diversity and advancing equity and inclusion;
  • Provide opportunities for all members of the community become trained in cultural competencies and partnering across differences;
  • Develop and refine processes that seek to increase the diversity of our faculty, students, and staff;
  • Establish practices and policies that make visible, discourage, and restoratively respond to acts of discrimination, harassment, or personal abuse;
  • Promote inclusive listening and communications that assume all community members are well intentioned;
  • Sensitize members of our community to intercultural awareness and inclusive language to reduce seemingly innocent utterances or gestures that may be experienced as insulting or demeaning by others whether or not such an effect was intentional;
  • Allocate time and resources to enhancing our curriculum and pedagogical approaches to reflect and further strengthen the school's commitment to the roles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the teaching and learning process;
  • Identify systematic ways to monitor, regularly measure, and publicly document our progress in achieving our goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Examine and learn from the outcomes of our efforts and work to improve them;
  • Act on our commitment to contribute to a just and sustainable society and to affirm the humanity of all persons.


Check out the SEAS Flickr page for 2016-17 DEI highlights.

We're Here to Help

Our team of advisors is here to help with any questions or requests you may have.

Sonia Joshi

DEI Program Manager

BS – Lake Superior State University
MS - Michigan State University

"With a background in human dimensions and environmental justice, I am passionate about how race, class, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomics disproportionately impacts certain members of society and am committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. I am honored to coordinate training students, staff and faculty on diversity topics and cultural competencies, lead multicultural events and educate everyone on ways to breakdown stereotypes to help make our School as inclusive and equitable as it can be."

Beatriz Canas

Project Manager of Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

BA - University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS - SNRE ('15)

"My background is in urban environmental education and environmental justice. Currently I am the curriculum and professional development coordinator for DDCSP UM. I also serve as the staff liaison to the research mentors who are part of the Year 1 scholar research experience. I enjoy creating environmental justice curriculum for our scholars and working with a team of individuals who are dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion in the environmental field."

Kafi Laramore-Josey

Project Manager of Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

BA - University of Michigan
MS - Northwestern University
MS - Wayne State University

"My career interests include mentoring and student affairs. I serve as the logistics and administrative coordinator for DDCSP UM. I am also the staff liaison to the internship organizations who work with our year 2 scholars. My favorite part of my day to day work is interacting with our amazing scholars; they are inspiring and I enjoy being part of their learning and growing process."

Mary (Molly) Lutton

Project Manager of Environmental Fellows Program

BS - Emory University
MS - SNRE ('14)