01 / 07 • Features
Connecting the Nicholas School to the Community
Nicholas School of the Environment faculty members Brian McAdoo and Ryan Emanuel are helping students, faculty and staff engage directly with communities beyond Duke University’s campus to understand how environmental justice and sustainability issues are impacting them.
02 / 07 • Features
Climate Change and Arctic Identities
In a guest column, Nicholas School alumna Michaela Stith T'18 shares her insights about the corrosive confluence of environmental, social and economic injustices faced by Indigenous, Black and dark-skinned residents of the Arctic region.
03 / 07 • Features
Ryan Emanuel on highlighting Indigenous perspectives in the environmental field
Incoming faculty member Ryan Emanuel T'99: "Indigenous peoples have spent centuries or in some cases millennia studying, stewarding and thriving in their lands. In many cases, they are the original practitioners of environmental science."
04 / 07 • Features
Cagle Named Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Nicki Cagle has been named our new Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This position will support NSOE faculty, staff and students in developing a community of inclusion, recognizing that doing so is a team effort. This new position is consistent with recommendations from NSOE strategic plans, the 2020 NSOE Actions for Racial Equity Student Petition, Faculty Council, and Duke University’s Anti-Racism Plan school-level review.
05 / 07 • Features
Undergraduate Course on Race
Nicholas School professor Xavier Basurto was on the faculty committee that developed "The Invention and Consequence of Race," a new course that will showcase the breadth of teaching and scholarship at Duke on the topic of race. The full-credit course will be open to 300 undergraduates, regardless of major.
06 / 07 • Features
DEEP Insights into Diversity & Equity
The Nicholas School's Diversity and Equity in Environmental Programs (DEEP) Collaborative brings members of the environmental community together to share insights and learn how to recognize and overcome biases.
07 / 07 • Features
Pathway to Success
Since 2012, the Nicholas School's ESSP program has helped more than 270 talented high school students from underserved communities enhance their environmental literacy and explore careers in STEM fields.
The Community, Culture & Belonging Council is a volunteer group of faculty and staff from across the Nicholas School of the Environment who come together to foster and advance community, culture and belonging.
The Community, Culture & Belonging (CCB) Council functions to:
- cultivate a sense of belonging in the Nicholas School to help our community evolve within the current climate;
- listen, amplify, advise each other and the Associate Dean of DEI on ideas, experiences and concerns of the NSOE community including students, faculty and staff;
- propose and facilitate interventions to address new/acute community issues as needed; and
- provide space to support members’ work in DEI.
Resource List & Organizations with a Diversity Focus
Nicholas School Student Groups
- Black and Latino Club (BLC)
- Diverse and Inclusive Community for the Environment (DICE)
- Environmental Justice Network
- Nic Queer Network (NQN)
- Working Group for the Environment in Latin America (WGELA)
Duke University Student Groups
- Asian American Alliance
- Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA)
- Bouchet Society
- Duke ASL
- Duke Disability Alliance (DDA)
- Duke Student Veterans Association/ Student Veterans of America
- Duke University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (DCSSA)
- Graduate Student Parents at Duke
- Hurston-James Society
- Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
- Muslim Students Association (MSA)
- Native American Student Alliance (NASA)
- Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)
- Women in Science & Engineering
Duke Campus Resources
- Center for Gender & Sexual Diversity
- Center for Multicultural Affairs
- Center for Muslim Life
- Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) Equity & Social Justice Service
- International House (iHouse)
- Jewish Life at Duke
- Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture
- Office for Institutional Equity
- Office of Student Conduct
- Women’s Center
- American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)
- Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
- Center for Diversity and the Environment (CDE)
- OUT for Sustainability
- Society of African American Marine and Environmental Scientists (SAAMES)
- Society of Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP - Triangle Chapter)
Nicholas School Policies on Inclusion
The Nicholas School strives to demonstrate respect and dignity in all of our interactions. It is essential that our students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to learn and work in a safe and inclusive environment.
Anti-Harassment & Sexual Misconduct
The Nicholas School is committed to creating a space that is free from all forms of unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct, as well as unwelcoming behavior in our community. It is essential that our students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to learn and work in a safe and inclusive environment.
Access & Accommodations
The Nicholas School and Duke University is committed to supporting equal opportunity employment opportunities and reasonable accommodations for students, employees and visitors with disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals per Duke’s policies.
The Nicholas School is also committed to creating a space that is free from discrimination based on disability. Our policy abides by Duke University’s anti-harassment policy. Duke has in place explicit and clear prohibitions against harassment. Individuals have the right to come forward with concerns or complaints and Duke Policies prohibit retaliation against them for doing so.
Duke Office for Institutional Equity
We value our strong partnership with Duke's Office for Institutional Equity and its support of our efforts to create a community that recognizes and values the contributions and concerns of all its members, regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, physical capabilities and other important characteristics of their identity.
Learn More: Duke Office for Institutional Equity
01 / 06 • VIDEOS
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Discussion
Master of Environmental Management students Matias and Yi discuss the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion with Stanback Dean Toddi Steelman and faculty member Betsy Albright.
02 / 06 • VIDEOS
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the Nicholas School
Stanback Dean Toddi Steelman discusses the Nicholas School of the Environment’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion with Master of Environmental Management students Udit Gupta, Dieynabou Barry and Rosanne Lam live from Grainger Hall.
03 / 06 • VIDEOS
Alum Dika Kuoh on Black History, Diversity in Environmental Engineering
Nicholas School Alum Dika Kuoh (DEL-MEM '13) joined us via Skype to discuss black leaders that he admires and diversity in the field of environmental engineering.
04 / 06 • VIDEOS
How Did You Benefit from the Diversity of Students in the Program?
Laura Vedral (DEL-MEM ’17) and Dika Kuoh (DEL-MEM ‘13) discuss the value of studying among a diverse cohort on the DEL-MEM online master's program.
05 / 06 • VIDEOS
Facebook Live: Faculty, Students Lead Diversity & Inclusion Efforts
Stanback Dean Jeff Vincent, along with masters students Gloria Aldana, Kristen McKinley and Taylor Price, discuss how they're leading efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment.
06 / 06 • VIDEOS
Sustainability and Talent Recruitment: Diversity and Inclusion Hiring Strategies
Glenda Lee, assistant director of Alum Affairs at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and MEM students Sidney McLaurin, Jr., and Laura Marie Davis, discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in today's hiring and recruiting.