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The Rubenstein School curriculum reflects multicultural perspectives, and the School has worked to confront issues of racial inequity directly and openly.

Undergraduate students complete 6 credits of race and culture course work as part of a University-wide requirement.

For Rubenstein School undergraduates, this begins with the 2-credit course, NR 6 Race and Culture in the Natural Resources, in the first semester. NR 6 features speakers who address aspects of diversity as they relate to natural resources. Students also meet in discussion sections led by their advisors with other faculty, staff, and graduate students serving as co-leaders.

Following NR 6, undergraduate students take a 3-credit course from the University list of diversity courses.

Undergraduates complete the requirement with a Rubenstein School 1-credit senior level diversity course, NR 207 Power, Privilege and Environment.

Rubenstein School Master's students take the 2-credit NR 306 Envisioning a Sustainable Future which provides frameworks for collaborative leadership, whole systems thinking, and intercultural competency.

Many Rubenstein School courses include attention to national or international diversity issues. This includes presenting and discussing implications of environmental issues to diverse cultures and conducting laboratories or exercises with cross-cultural emphases.

The Rubenstein School collaborates with the University of Vermont Mosaic Center for Students of Color to provide support for our students of color and with the University Center for Cultural Pluralism to educate our faculty and staff on issues of racial awareness.