CDE works to create an equitable, inclusive and diverse environmental movement by working on the individual (includes personal and interpersonal), organizational, and movement-wide levels. Working at these three levels will break down the cultural, systemic, and institutional race issues that exist in the environmental movement.
The Center for Diversity & the Environment racially and ethnically diversifies the U.S. environmental movement by Developing Leaders, Diversifying Institutions & Building Communities.
“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
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.