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The Gund Institute for Environment strives to build a diverse and inclusive community of scholars and leaders, because it is essential to our mission and central to our vision for a sustainable world.

We define “diversity” as the full spectrum of cultural and socioeconomic affiliations that characterize individuals within society, and “inclusion” as valuing the contributions of that diversity to our work and community.

A diverse and inclusive institute will enhance the relevance and impact of our work, ensure our solutions represent those most affected by environmental challenges, address environmental injustice, diversify the environmental leadership of the future, and train those leaders to operate in diverse teams and environments.

Five Goals for Diversity and Inclusion

The Gund Institute's immediate-term goals to advance diversity, equity and inclusion include:

  • Build equity and justice into Gund research themes, which guide investments in research, outreach, and people.
  • Expand diversity training, with a focus on racial justice.
  • Amplify voices of BIPOC scholars through Gund events. 
  • Continue to emphasize diverse backgrounds and voices in our recruiting. 
  • Grow our DEI webpage into a community resource. 

Diversity and inclusion are a UVM strategic priority and central to Our Common Ground values. Learn more at Diversity and Inclusion at UVM.

Contact Us

Taylor Ricketts
Gund Director

Stephanie Hurley
Gund Diversity Committee Co-Chair

Julia Perdrial
Gund Diversity Committee Co-Chair

Stephanie Seguino
Gund Ombudsperson (info)

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Gund Diversity Committee


  • Gillian Galford
  • Rachelle Gould (on leave)
  • Stephanie Hurley (co-chair)
  • Bindu Panikkar (on leave)
  • Julia Perdrial (co-chair)
  • Travis Reynolds
  • Stephanie Seguino


  • Harold Eyster

Graduate Students

  • Katie Horner
  • Lizah Makombore
  • Teresa Mungazi


  • Aimee Germain
  • Stephen Posner

Past Members

  • Pablo Bose
  • Alejandra Guzmán Luna
  • Chris Koliba
  • Donna Rizzo
  • Nina Smolyar
  • Jeannine Valcour
  • Beverley Wemple