Dynamism through diversity. 

Excellence through equity.

Innovation through inclusion.

At the Nicholas School, we believe that diversity, equity, & inclusion provide pathways for dynamic and innovative scholarship and are critical for achieving excellence.

Dynamism through diversity

In ecological systems, complexes of diverse species create rich and wondrous biodiversity hotspots, like the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. This diversity allows ecosystems to adapt to change, to recover more easily from disturbance, and to provide the world with medicines and food. Just like an ecological system, the Nicholas School is most dynamic and adaptable when students, staff, and faculty with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives interact, inquire, and investigate the world around them.

Excellence through equity

Equity in education and research helps us all achieve excellence. Equity is distinct from equality in its emphasis on the role of difference and needs; it means increasing access and removing barriers to resources and providing opportunities for engagement for everyone. Achieving equity requires facing facts and fears, empowering all community members, and embracing a continual process of transformation. In the Nicholas School, we believe that when we promote equity and provide students, staff, and faculty with the individualized resources they need to succeed, we can all reach our highest potential and achieve excellence in environmental research, education, and outreach.

Innovation through inclusion

The periods of greatest innovation in human history – from Renaissance Florence to the Mississippian Culture at Cahokia to the Song Dynasty in China – were characterized by a mélange of cultural perspectives. Growth and discovery are marked by healthy tensions between heritage and experimentation, interdisciplinary studies, and robust cultural exchange. We believe greater innovation arises when manifold viewpoints meet and inform each other. At the Nicholas School, we do our most innovative work when people from a variety of identities and origins feel a sense of community and belonging, and when our community extends beyond the borders of the University.