Being an environmental leader means having competencies across the range of diversity, equity and inclusion issues that we face in our professional and personal worlds. Nicholas School faculty, staff and students work in an increasingly diverse workforce and cultivate skills to help us all grow in our DEI work.

The Dean of the Nicholas School

The Dean of the Nicholas School, Toddi Steelman, supports and guides the School’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, recognizing that these goals are synonymous with excellence. According to Dean Steelman, “Our collective potential for personal, professional and intellectual transformation is stretched when we are exposed to new ideas, perspectives and opportunities. Greater cross racial and cultural understanding, breaking down stereotypes, understanding power differentials, and fostering tolerance for different viewpoints is part of our collective obligation to create a community of which we can all be proud to be a part.”

The Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. Nicki Cagle, the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is dedicated to creating an inclusive and equitable society that uplifts human diversity and embraces justice, particularly environmental justice. Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) show up in all aspects of her work, including her pedagogy, community engagement, and research. Please click here to learn more about Dr. Cagle’s DEI Work.

The Actionators

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Actionators are a core group of faculty and staff who are committed to building community by actively supporting initiatives and leading discussions that further diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the Nicholas School community. On average, each member of the DEI Actionators has 15-20 years of higher education experience. DEI Actionators regularly participate in trainings and workshops related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Click here to learn more about the Actionators.

The DEI Student Advisory Committee

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Student Advisory Committee consists of undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students from across the Nicholas School’s program. This group meets monthly to guide Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the DEI work of the Nicholas School. The group also leads initiatives to assess student needs and create an inclusive community.