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

Diversity Initiatives

Jacqui Cardoza

Diversity initiatives in the School began in 1988 with USDA grants to support high school outreach and multicultural scholarships. In 1996, faculty and staff formally endorsed the Rubenstein School Diversity Plan (PDF).

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 in the School.

To more fully engage the entire School community, in fall 2017, the School began work on an equity assessment with Dr. Shadiin Garcia of Shoreline Consulting.

Learn more:

I Am Rubenstein Campaign

Two students wearing masks and holding I Am Rubenstein chalk boards

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.

IDEA Committee

Multicultural dinner

The Rubenstein School's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Action (IDEA) Committee (formerly Diversity Task Force created in 1991). This volunteer group of faculty, staff, and students is committed to issues of diversity and was instrumental in creation of the School's Diversity Plan. Through regular meetings and community activities scheduled during the academic year, IDEA generates and contributes to the development of diversity initiatives in curricular and other programming and events in the Rubenstein School. The IDEA Committee also works closely on University-wide diversity efforts.

View a list of past speakers hosted by the Committee and School.


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.