The Center for Diversity & the Environment harnesses the power of racial and ethnic diversity to transform the U.S. environmental movement by developing leaders, catalyzing change within institutions & building alliances.
We envision a healthy, flourishing planet and society that sustainably and equitably meets the needs of all through an environmental movement that is diverse, inclusive, successful, vibrant, and relevant, taking into account the needs, perspectives, and voices of all.
Queta believes that our differences make us stronger. A deep resonance with family, community, learning, service and compassion underpin both her life and work. Her commitment to social, environmental and economic justice began in her youth and has been growing and evolving since. Queta’s work with CDE includes design and delivery of strategic engagement sessions, facilitation of forums and retreats, and coordination of the National Environmental Professionals of Color network.
Rachel Torres moved to Portland, OR from the Midwest. She grew up in a very rural area with corn fields in her backyard and uses her rural perspective in all her work. At a young age, Rachel was involved in grassroots campaigns in her small town and that began her desire for organizing work and learning more about social justice movements. Being of Latina background really drove her interest into racial justice and the history of racism in our public systems. Working with folx to dismantle these systems is Rachel’s passion and focus in life.