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The third annual New Horizons in Conservation Conference will be hosted in Ann Arbor, Michigan from Wednesday, April 1 through Friday, April 3, 2020.

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The Environmental Fellows Program is a summer fellowship program for graduate students jointly run by the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. Through the Program fellows learn about environmental philanthropy and gain practical job and networking experience.

New publication!

Our new publication finds that environmental organizations are still reticent to release data reporting on the gender, race, and sexual orientation of their staff. Dr. Dorceta Taylor along with VSEF researchers Sophia Paul and Ember McCoy published the article “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Salience of Public Disclosing Demographic Data in American Environmental Nonprofits” in Sustainability (August 2019) revealing results from a recently completed study. This is, to date, the most extensive study of its kind, and it reveals that the push for environmental organizations to disclose more diversity data has yielded limited results. Click on the image to the left to view our executive summary.

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The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan is a two-summer program where undergraduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in the conservation field get the chance to work on conservation research and build valuable work experience in a conservation-focused internship.

Our Vision for a Sustainable Environmental Future


Vision for a Sustainable Environmental Future (VSEF) is an initiative housed at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (UM SEAS) that seeks to foster the development of an environmental field that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.  To support this goal, we conduct research, gather data, and author publications on environmental history, environmental justice, institutional diversity, and food insecurity.  We are active participants in efforts to identify, train, and help talented and diverse young leaders embark on careers in the environmental sector.  We administer an undergraduate and a graduate diversity pathway internship program, organize the annual New Horizons in Conservation Conference and manage the Food Access in Michigan project.


Join us as we work towards creating a more sustainable environmental future for all!