Effective conservation strategies are inclusive, involving a diversity of stakeholders and voices, and incorporating myriad values and multiple ways of knowing. And yet, the conservation community is not diverse.
Without a significant, serious and immediate increase in diversity and inclusion, the conservation community will become a movement of the past instead of a guiding principle of the future.
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington is a multi-summer, undergraduate experiential-learning program focused on the themes of biodiversity, food, climate, and water across urban and wild spaces. DDCSP@UW places conservation practice at the intersection of individual identities, community culture and values, and the opportunities and limits the environment provides.