The environmental movement has a white face in America due to its traditional disinterest in issues – social justice, civil rights, economic development – that directly impact the daily lives of communities of color.

Chattulani 2008

Is Protecting the Natural World your job? Could it be?

Effective conservation strategies incorporate multiple voices, value systems and ways of knowing.

Without a significant, serious and immediate increase in diverse voices and perspectives, the conservation community will become a movement of the past instead of a guiding vision for the future.

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington is a multi-summer, undergraduate experiential learning experience that explores conservation across climate, water, food and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. By connecting conservation to cultural identity, biodiversity and environmental justice DDCSP@UW supports emerging leaders as they develop understandings, skills and perspectives needed to shift the conservation conversation.

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2014 scholars