In light of the rapid spreading of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is with great sadness that we announce that we are canceling the 2020 New Horizons in Conservation Conference until further notice. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

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.

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!