“Class Notes: Thoughts on Diversity in the Classroom & in Environmentalism’s Past”

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Diversity remains an ongoing experiment for environmental
organizations, but efforts to achieve diversity often begin much earlier,
in the college classroom. Here, too, prospective environmental
professionals tend to be overwhelmingly white and affluent. The author, Mathew Klingle, analyzes the connections between diversity and higher education in North America with a focus on the history of environmentalism and its antecedents. Interweaving personal experience with historical analysis, Klingle concludes that creating and sustaining diverse communities of students and faculty is not enough. Educators instead need to teach how environmental problems are insoluble absent diverse disciplinary approaches, from the sciences to the arts and humanities. This chapter was publishe in the book, Diversity and the Future of the U.S. Environmental Movement.

Multicultural Environmental Leadership Development Initiative (MELDI)

A University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment project that aims to enhance the leadership and career development opportunities available to students and environmental professionals of color.

Environmental Learning for Kids

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An organization tha offers science and conservation education, with consistent long-term mentoring by natural resource professionals, to culturally diverse urban youth and their families to ensure they become natural resource stewards.

Outward Bound Adventures

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An organization that provides nature-based education that promotes positive self development, environmental responsibility, and outdoor career exposure for at-risk, low income and urban youth

Diversity in Outdoor/Environmental Education

An annotated list of diversity resources in outdoor and environmental education housed on the Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education’s website.

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)

A national society that welcomes membership of people of all racial and ethnic group participation in agricultural and related sciences careers. It promotes academic and professional advancement by empowering people of color in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences.

Metcalf Institute Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting

Fellowships offered to traditionally under-represented journalists of color interested in studying marine and environmental science and developing environmental reporting skills. Fellows take part in a one-month independent study at University of Rhode Island followed by a nine-month reporting assignment at one of five news outlets. The fellowships are supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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