DEI Committee Members

  • Jose Alfaro, Faculty
  • Dominic Bednar, Doctoral Candidate
  • Victoria Campbell-Arvai, Research Faculty
  • Kim Elliott, Director of Office of Academic Programs
  • Sonia Joshi, DEI Program Manager
  • Saachi Kuwayama, Master's student and 2018-19 SEAS Student Government VP of Diversity
  • Kela McClure, Director of Human Resources
  • Sheila Schueller, Lecturer and Academic Program Specialist
  • Sam Stolper, Faculty and Liason for Inclusive Teaching
  • Dorceta Taylor, DEI Director
  • Kathy Tian, Erb Student Advisory Board VP of Diversity, 2018-19
  • Ayako Tischler, Program in the Environment (PitE) Student Representative



SEAS DEI March Speaker, Dr. Julian Agyeman

March 14, 2018, 4-6pm, presentation by Dr. Julian Agyeman (Tufts University) on "Just" Sustainabilities in Policy, Planning and Practice


January 14, 2018, 7-9 pm: Healing Justice, Waging Love: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Ourselves (Keene Theatre, East Quad)

December 8th, 2017: Building an Inclusive Green Economy in the Trump Administration

The DEI Office presented Vien Truong, policy expert and movement builder who has been a key architect to building an equitable green economy. She is Chief Executive Officer of Dream Corps, which includes Green For All, a national initiative, founded by Van Jones, that puts communities of color at the forefront of the climate movement and equality at the center of environmental solutions.

November 14th, 2017: Climate Justice: From Brooklyn to Puerto Rico

The DEI Office presented "Climate Justice: From Brooklyn to Puerto Rico," featuring Elizabeth Yeampierre, an internationally recognized Puerto Rican environmental and climate justice leader of African and Indigenous ancestry born and raised in New York City. Yeampierre is Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn's oldest Puerto Rican community based organization. She is a long-time advocate and trailblazer for community organizing around just, sustainable development, environmental justice and community-led climate adaptation and community resiliency. Watch here

November 6th, 2017: Diversity Mixer

The DEI Office hosted the SEAS DEI Mixer to kick off the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit week. This Mixer celebrates our SEAS faculty, staff and student community members of various social identities, abilities and anyone who embraces diversity in any and all forms and took place a 12nppn Ford (1st floor) Commons in the Dana Building.

July 28, 2017Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Symposium

The DEI Office and the Office of Alumni Relations sponsored the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) Symposium. First year Doris Duke Scholars had the opportunity to present posters and the keynote address was given by alumnus and former Doris Duke Fellow Jose Gonzalez. Mr. Gonzalez is the founder and executive director of Latino Outdoors. DEI Director, Dr. Dorceta E. Taylor, shared her insights about moving forward with diversity in the environmental field. Watch here.

February 24, 2017: Breaking Down Stereotypes and Promoting Inclusion Workshop for Students

February 20, 2017: Race, Gender, Nation, and Species: Breaking new ground in Environmental Justice Studies

The DEI Office presented "Race, Gender, Nation, and Species: Breaking New ground in Environmental Justice Studies," featuring UC Santa Barbara Professor David N. Pellow. David N. Pellow is the Dehlsen Chair of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His teaching and research focus on environmental and ecological justice in the U.S. and globally. Pellow has authored several books including: Total Liberation: The Power and Promise of Animal Rights and the Radical Earth MovementThe Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America’s Eden (with Lisa Sun-Hee Park), Resisting Global Toxics: Transnational Movements for Environmental Justice; and Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago. He works with numerous organizations focused on improving the living and working environments for people of color and other marginalized communities. Watch here.

February 3, 2017: SEAS Lunar New Year Celebration

The annual SEAS Lunar New Year Celebration brings together students, faculty, and staff together to share the new year spirit! The event allows participants to explore and learn Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting, food, and more. 

January 13, 2017SEAS Bingo Mixer

"Mingo", a mixer and bingo event, was presented by the Office of DEI to ring in the new year and celebrate SEAS' inclusive environment. This event was opened to students, staff, and faculty. 

"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve" - Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

January 3 to February 3, 2017Seva: Selfless Service event for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 

The School for Environment and Sustainability's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office partnered with Food Gatherers to sponsor Seva. Meaning 'selfless service' in Sanskrit, the event allowed SEAS students, staff and faculty to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s teachings on community service. food collection box was housed in the Ford Commons for healthy food donations. All donations supported Food Gatherers, a food rescue and food bank program serving Washtenaw County.