Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The University of Idaho welcomes and respects all people. Diversity and inclusion are the core of our community and we embrace them as our guiding principles. The College of Natural Resources acknowledges and supports the principle that everyone is a unique person who possesses distinctive qualities and traits, and who interacts with heterogeneous others within a larger inclusive civil society.
We seek to protect and promote a respectful and civil learning environment for the discussion of the concepts and the development of practical skills associated with diversity and inclusion. As a place of learning and training, the University adheres to the standards of ethical and civil diversity and of inclusive discourse and action within our classrooms, offices, hallways, student organizations and gathering places.
CNR put together a diverse cross section of faculty, staff and students across departments to share ideas, who can link actions to college initiatives, and to consider different ideas.
- Sophie Gilbert, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management
- Shanny Spang Gion, Visiting Tribal Scholar
- Charles Goebel, Professor of Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Ecology, Department Head of FRFS
- Chloe Wardropper, Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Management
- Brittany Harrington, Development Coordinator
Land Acknowledgement Statement
U of I Moscow campus is located on the homelands of the Nimiipu (Nez Perce). We extend gratitude to the indigenous people that call this place home, since time immemorial. U of I recognizes that it is our academic responsibility to build relationships with the indigenous people to ensure integrity of tribal voices.
- All-Nations LSAMP – Bridge to Doctorate Program
Faculty in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences are excited to be participating in the All-Nations LSAMP – Bridge to Doctorate Program. This effort, funded through the NSF Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Bridge to Doctorate fellowship program, provides funding to train 12 Native American doctoral students starting in Fall 2020. Read more here.
- Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Collaborative
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) Collaborative provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduates at the University of Idaho who have a passion for biodiversity conservation and for increasing diversity in the field of conservation. This scholars program is a two-year experiential training program that empowers the next generation of conservation leaders to make a difference. Read more here.
- CNR hired a Visiting Tribal Scholar, who will help expand curriculum and address biases in our classrooms and research.
- Five new Ph.D. students were funded in CNR under the NSF Louis Stokes Bridge to Doctorate for Native American students, making it the first of its kind in the country.
- Resources - CNR formed its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
- Career training – we offer a range of specializations through our online Masters of Natural Resources (MNR) program targeting professional development so that working families can learn in place and not move to Moscow. We also now have the only online federal series certificates for natural resource in the country. Like the MNR program, this targets a different age group of professionals to advance their careers. We are working with all our regional 2-year institutions to pipeline these students into our programs.
- Leadership equity – CNR recently increased diversity of directors within the college to include approximate equal number of women.
- Vet to Vandals – 3-week residential program during the summer to help military veterans return to higher education.
- Future Priorities:
- Diversify our video and photo assets.
- Conduct annual or biannual pay equity analyses.
- Administer a college culture and climate survey to identify future priorities.
- DEI Committee to work with student clubs to identify priorities and actions.