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

 

Open Enrollment Course: Building the Foundation

CDE’s Building the Foundation course grounds in a series of building blocks critical to taking effective action to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in our roles as leaders in the environmental and conservation movement. CDE facilitators lead you through an emergent and iterative process of awareness building, information gathering, analysis, vision development, planning, and action to advance equity, diversity and inclusion.

 

Regardless of where you are in your experience, from the seasoned practitioner to the never before undertaken, the Building the Foundation course re-frames equity, diversity and inclusion as a lifelong, fulfilling journey.

Curious to learn more? Visit the Building the Foundation course description and registration page.

 

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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