Over the past decade, environmental groups nationwide have been widely criticized for a lack of diversity and equity within their organizations. Recently the growing climate justice movement; Flint, Mich., water crisis; and Dakota Access Pipeline protests have each highlighted issues of environmental injustice and the imperative to create a more inclusive environmental movement.
On Monday, November 13 students will have an opportunity to engage in a critical discussion of these issues at a panel entitled, “Diversity and the Future of the Environmental Movemen
t.” The panel, sponsored by EQUID, the F&ES Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, will take place at 4 p.m. in Kroon Hall’s Burke Auditorium.
The panel features Marcelo Bonta
’95 B.A., Founder of the Center for Diversity & the Environment and Environmental Professionals of Color; Reverend Mitch Hescox
, President and CEO of Evangelical Environmental Network; Whitney Tome
, Principal, The Raben Group and Executive Director of Green 2.0; and Emily Enderle
’07 M.E.M., Northeast Campaign Director at The Energy Foundation.
The event celebrates the 10th
anniversary of the publication of Enderle’s book, “Diversity and the Future of the U.S. Environmental Movement,” a collection of essays by environmental leaders from across the country. The book, edited by Enderle, addresses issues such as the need to build a more inclusive environmental movement, strategies to enhance diversity in the workplace, and public health and environmental justice. It includes a foreword by former F&ES Dean Gus Speth.
F&ES is taking steps to strengthen diversity in student enrollment, hiring, and promotion. A recent strategic plan prioritizes issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the School is currently in the process of hiring a new Assistant Dean for Community and Inclusion.
“Many individuals have contributed to the progress we’ve made at F&ES over the last decade, but we still have a long way to go,” said Rebecca DeSalvo
, Director of Enrollment Management & Diversity Initiatives. “We are seeing some of the same themes today that were highlighted in this book ten years ago and we want to acknowledge those. The F&ES community has the ability to influence this and we’re intent on doing so.”