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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.

Gund Diversity Committee


  • Gillian Galford (interim co-chair)
  • Bindu Panikkar (interim co-chair)
  • Stephanie Seguino, Ombudsperson
  • Pablo Bose
  • Rachelle Gould
  • Chris Koliba
  • Julia Perdrial
  • Donna Rizzo


  • Alejandra Guzmán Luna

Graduate Students

  • Katie Horner
  • Nina Smolyar


  • Jeannine Valcour
  • Stephen Posner