The Rubenstein School is committed to enhancing the understanding of the natural world in ourselves and our constitutents through full inclusion of the unique and valuable perspectives reflected by diverse peoples.

Diversity Plan

Jacqui Cardoza

Diversity initiatives in the School began in 1988 with USDA grants to support high school outreach and multicultural scholarships. In 1996, Rubenstein School faculty and staff formally endorsed our Diversity Plan. In 2017, in collaboration with the UVM President's Commission on Inclusive Excellence, the School began work on an Inclusive Excellence Action Plan to address inclusivity within academics, community, environment, and operations and in the School.

To more fully engage the entire School community, in fall 2017, we began work on an equity assessment with Dr. Shadiin Garcia of Shoreline Consulting. Opportunities to engage in this initiative will continue through the 2017-18 academic year.

Read Dean Mathews' February 2018 Email Message to Faculty, Staff & Students Related to Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity (PDF)

Read the February 2018 NoNames for Justice Student Letter Signed by Rubenstein School Administration (PDF)

Read the 2017 Rubenstein School Inclusive Excellence Action Plan (PDF).

Read the 1996 Rubenstein School Diversity Plan (PDF).

Meet some of our multicultural scholars, fellows, alumni and students of color.

I Am Rubenstein Campaign

Student holds I Am Rubenstein sign

The "I Am Rubenstein Campaign" is a collaborative effort that showcases the unique and diverse people who make up the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Our campaign highlights undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff who are all proud to say "I am Rubenstein!" 

View "I Am Rubenstein" on Facebook.


Student holding chickadee

The Rubenstein School curriculum reflects multicultural perspectives. For example, as part of a University-wide requirement, undergraduate students complete 6 credits of race and culture course work. 

Learn more about the diversity curriculum in our School.


Rubenstein School student teaches students at high school in NYC

Faculty and staff visits to a partner school (High School for Environmental Studies in New York City) and related programs (The Nature Conservancy LEAF program) help young students make connections between natural sciences, social sciences, and natural resources. 

Learn more about recruitment in the Rubenstein School.

In addition, the Rubenstein School places great emphasis on recruitment of multicultural faculty and staff. View the School's Diversity Recruitment Plan.

Diversity Task Force

Multicultural dinner

The Rubenstein School's Diversity Task Force is a volunteer group of faculty, staff, and students committed to issues of diversity. The task force generates and contributes to diversity initiatives in curricular and other programming in the School including exciting visiting speakers from the environmental and social justice arena. View a list of past speakers.

The Diversity Task Force also works closely on University-wide diversity efforts.

For more information, contact the Rubenstein School Dean's Office: or 802-656-2911.