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Our Theory of Change

The Center for Diversity & the Environment grew out of the belief that everyone has a place in the environmental movement. Everything we do at CDE supports this vision of inclusivity. We build bridges between communities of color and the environmental community, fostering a fundamental revolution of the environmental movement–into an equitable, inclusive, and diverse coalition of people at work on a wide array of environmental issues. We believe that diversity strengthens and enriches our work and makes the environmental movement more relevant than ever.

Alumni of our programs carry this work forward and out into their communities: they are the change agents and ambassadors of the changing face of environmentalism.

“My experience with CDE has changed me; it has changed how I view and approach my life and work; and it has changed my organization.”

-Monica Smiley, Tualatin Riverkeepers

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Our Vision

We envision a healthy, flourishing planet and society that sustainably and equitably meets the needs of all its citizens through an environmental movement that is diverse, inclusive, successful, vibrant, and relevant, taking into account the needs, perspectives, and voices of all.

Our Mission

The Center for Diversity & the Environment racially and ethnically diversifies the U.S. environmental movement by Developing Leaders, Diversifying Institutions & Building Communities.


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