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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging


Just as biological diversity makes the biotic communities we study and steward resilient and vibrant, human diversity makes our department, our institution, and our professions stronger and better-equipped to confront the challenges facing natural resources and the people and communities that rely on them.


Questions or Concerns?

Please reach out to any member of our committee with concerns, suggestions, or questions! We're here to help!

DEI Committee Chair

Adam Janke

Adam Janke

Associate Professor
Extension Wildlife Specialist

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Current Initiatives

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee in NREM seeks to identify and work to break down barriers to achieving greater diversity, equity, and inclusion among students, faculty, and staff in NREM and to set an example for peers within our professions, our scientific and professional societies, and the institution.  

The committee helps the department achieve this goal through a variety of actions, structured into three primary focal areas: 

  1. Creating a strong leadership shadow, where faculty and staff model inclusive and supportive behaviors to all students. 
  2. Explicitly find ways to support underrepresented minorities within the department. 
  3. Support efforts to explicitly integrate work in diversity, equity, and inclusion education and activities within all department functions, including research, teaching, extension, and service.