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New Horizons Conference to Elevate Voices Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Environmental Field

A line up of speakers from industry, government, NGOs, and the media, among other sectors, will share their expertise in environmental justice, institutional diversity, and other environmental topics at the annual New Horizons in Conservation Conference.  The conference, which is taking place virtually Tuesday, March 29 through Thursday, March 31, attracts emerging environmental leaders who are historically underrepresented in the environmental field and/or committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field.
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“This conference will be an amazing event that discusses topics such as women and leadership in environmental organizations; media coverage of environmental issues; environmental reparations; food insecurity; climate justice; energy development and energy justice; environmental hazards and disaster responses; incarceration and environmental inequalities; and career and professional development,” says Dr. Dorceta Taylor, the founder of the conference, and senior associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion and professor of environmental justice at YSE.

Highlighting this year’s list of speakers is Brenda Mallory, chair of the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality; Ebony Martin, co-executive director of Greenpeace; and Frances Beinecke '71 BA, '74 MFS, former president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Many YSE faculty, staff, and students also will be taking part in the conference’s panels, workshops, and plenary sessions. The conference also includes a poster session at which students and young professionals present their research and/or professional work.
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This is the second year YSE has hosted the event, which is sponsored by the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Sustainability Initiative (JEDSI). Nearly 900 people attended last year’s conference, which celebrated the work of people of color across the fields of environmentalism and conservation, while also exploring how justice, inequality, and the environment are connected.

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