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;
  • Coordinate and implement practices that are aligned with our commitment to promoting diversity and to advancing equity and inclusion as core school priorities;
  • Provide opportunities for all members of the community to learn and develop in ways that are in keeping with the school's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion ;
  • 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 generous listening and communications that assume all community members are well intentioned;
  • Sensitize members of our community to the ways that seemingly innocent utterances or gestures 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

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."

M'Lis Bartlett

M'Lis Bartlett
Project Manager of Environmental Fellows Program

BA- Oberlin
Masters of Landscape Architecture- UM SNRE/SEAS
PhD Landscape Architecture- SNRE/SEAS


"I bring my background in participatory design, environmental education, environmental justice and community based participatory research to my current role as program manager for the Environmental Fellows Program. I am passionate about building equitable and ethical partnerships between communities and institutions that open doors and create pathways for a more diverse environmental workforce and future society. "

Ember McCoy

Ember McCoy
Project Manager, Developing Environmental Pipelines & Networks

BA – Carthage College
MS - SNRE ('17) 

"I have a background in environmental justice and science & technology public policy. I am committed to equitable policymaking and diversity, equity and inclusion in the environmental field. At SEAS, my role is to coordinate post-program support and activities for the Environmental Fellows Program and DDCSP UM to expand alumni development and networks between the graduate fellows and undergraduate scholars."

Ima Odtudor

Ima Otudor
Project Manager of Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

BS – Fort Valley State University
MS - SNRE ('14) 

"My background is in sustainability, environmental justice, and conservation. In the past I have worked closely on recycling programming at a convention center complex in Atlanta and I look forward to bringing my programmatic knowledge to DDCSP. I Serve as the curriculum and professional development coordinator for DDCSP UM. I am also the staff liaison to the research mentors who are part of the Year 1 scholar research experience."

Kit Price

Kit Price
Project Manager for Environmental Careers, Networks, and Institutional Diversity

BA – The College of Wooster
MM - The University of Michigan Ross School of Business
MS - SNRE ('17)

"I have a background in geology, business, and sustainability. My background has taken me to work in large institutions and small person startups. I look forward to bringing my varied skills and experience to my current position. I function as a marketing and research specialist, with my research focusing on the current state of diversity focused environmental programs."

Sophia Paul

Sophia Paul
Project Manager of Environmental Diversity

B.S. – Oberlin College
M.S. – SEAS ('18)

"I have a background in nonprofit management and collaborative processes. At SEAS, I research the state of diversity in the environmental movement and funding for environmental justice organizations."

Meg Daupan

Meg Daupan

BS - University of the Philippines
MS - University of the Philippines
MS - SNRE ('16)

"utilize my background and experience in (micro)biological and community forestry research, program development, and community engagement, in coordinating the research component of DDCSP. I also serve as the media and recruitment coordinator for DDCSP UM where I get to use my design skills."