Welcome to the Center for Diversity & the Environment

We harness the power of racial & ethnic diversity to transform the U.S. environmental movement by developing leaders, catalyzing change within institutions, and building alliances.

Upcoming Courses


Environment 2042 Leadership Cohorts

The Environment 2042 Leadership Program (E42) is CDE’s most deeply impactful experience. This multi-month program builds a close-knit cohort who support and challenge each other through a uniquely transformative learning experience. The program curriculum includes racial equity training, relationship and community building, and skills and tools to develop action-based solutions at the individual, interpersonal, organizational and movement wide levels. This Fall, CDE will convene the following two cohorts:

On a white background in auburn toned lettering an announcement for the Environment 2042 Leadership Program for Oregon, Washington and California environmental educators

West Coast E42 for Environmental Educators

The West Coast E42 will grow a diverse and inclusive regional (Washington, Oregon and California) network and community of leaders who have the knowledge, support, and agency to bring about more equitable and culturally expansive environmental education field.  Environmental educators are broadly defined to include culturally specific educators; folks working on environmental justice; environmental educators; and others. Learn more and apply for the West Coast E42 for Environmental Educators.

Ready to apply? Access the West Coast E42 for Environmental Educators Application and apply today.


The Inner Work

We believe that in order to transform the environmental movement on a deep, systemic level, we must address racialized trauma. 

CDE’s 2021 Inner Work cohorts were deeply impactful, creating a supportive community and healing space for Indigenous people, Black people, and People of Color working in the environmental movement. We are committed to continuing the Inner Work course and are currently in the planning phase for additional cohorts in 2022 – 2023.

If you are interested in participating in these upcoming courses, we invite you to complete this short survey and application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/InnerWork_Interest_2022.

We want this to be the year in which all of our collective work tips the scales on diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives in the environmental movement.

Be part of the change.

Our Theory of Change

The Center for Diversity & the Environment grew out of the belief that everyone has a place in the environmental movement. Everything we do at CDE supports this vision of inclusivity. We build bridges between communities of color and the environmental community, fostering a fundamental revolution of the environmental movement–into an equitable, inclusive, and diverse coalition of people at work on a wide array of environmental issues. We believe that diversity strengthens and enriches our work and makes the environmental movement more relevant than ever. Alumni of our programs carry this work forward and out into their communities: they are the change agents and ambassadors of the changing face of environmentalism.

Our Vision

We envision a healthy, flourishing planet and society that sustainably and equitably meets the needs of all through an environmental movement that is diverse, inclusive, successful, vibrant, and relevant, taking into account the needs, perspectives, and voices of all. The Center for Diversity and the Environment harnesses the power of racial and ethnic diversity to transform the US environmental movement by developing leaders, catalyzing change within institutions, and building alliances.

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