January 25, 2021
This year, the DDCP Collaborative is entering our 8th year as a program and will welcome our 8th cohort of Conservation Scholars, our "Class of 2021." In the meantime, here is a brief update on how we managed to survive and thrive in a year like no other.
January 20, 2021
Ashia, Luz, and I finished facilitating the ALC 4 virtual retreat a couple weeks ago. I already miss our amazing, intelligent, kind, goofy cohort. This cohort will be working on 3 projects throughout the next 6 months. Below they will introduce themselves and their projects. If you're excited about participating in a future ALC, keep an eye out on our social media and newsletters!
December 14, 2020
I wanted to share a few things that have been helping me survive "The Year of Zoom". I hope my three not-a-doctor tips can help you stay safe, happy, and healthy as you Zoom into 2021.
December 7, 2020
Big thanks to everyone who made [POLLEN] so amazing! We experimented with a new format and I think it’s been super successful. I can’t wait to see you all again in 2021 for more DDCSP programming!
December 1, 2020
These resources have been collected over several months. You'll find some resources for folks affected by Black Trans people, BIPOC folk, artists, and activists.
November 23, 2020
[POLLEN] has been going great! It's been so fun and interesting talking through the complexities of these topics with you all. Check out our reading materials and notes from what you put in your mouth below.
November 18, 2020
Thanks to all who participated in our first episode of [POLLEN]. We had great conversations and shared some laughs about work. There is one episode left! If you missed our first conversation, feel free to review the below notes and materials.
November 2, 2020
Applications are now open for Fall 2021 and our M.Ed. in Environmental Education and M.S. in Environmental or Climate Policy programs are now offering rolling Admissions through January 15th, $10,000 Minimum Scholarships for All 2021 Applicants, and Elimination of GRE requirement.
October 27, 2020
Welcome to a hot take on book clubs called [POLLEN]. This is an invitation to weekly bite sized explorations (all 30 minutes or less) of all the dope things that pollinate conservation in our lives. We’re talking about challenging the ideas of “pristine” forests and sci-fi queerness all through forms of IGTV, art, music, op-eds, poetry, and more. These are explorations to spark conversation, awe, joy, creativity, and pleasure.
October 12, 2020
Sydney had a chat with Imani Elston (NAU '18, ALC 3) about mindfulness, music, and the next workshop in the series!
October 5, 2020
I have been working for a while on a spreadsheet to share with the network. The spreadsheet lists almost every call to action (petitions, emails, phone calls, donations, GoFundMes, etc.) that I've seen in my emails and social media.
September 23, 2020
This workshop mini-series is meant to create space for alumni to laugh, relax, chat, and learn about ourselves in a chill environment. 4 workshops. 4 alumni facilitators. 4 chill nights of mindfulness.
September 18, 2020
We are so excited to meet the fourth Alumni Leadership Cohort. Ashia, Luz, and I have been working for months to curate an experience that is joyful, fulfilling, and thoughtful. We can't wait to meet you!
September 10, 2020
These resources have been collected over several months. Below you'll find some resources for folks affected by CA wildfires, BIPOC activists, mental health resources for BIPOC folks, and several resources for Black trans folks. Please share with anyone who might benefit. If you have any resources you think should be in the next resource roundup, please email Sydney@elpnet.org.
August 31, 2020
July 28, 2020
I know we are all doing our best to support individuals and organizations in their work for justice, as well as supporting people who are just trying to live and thrive under systems of oppression. Whether you've got money or time to spare, these are steps that you can easily take to make a difference.
June 28, 2020
June 28, 2020
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020! It may seem odd to celebrate wins when so many of us are emotionally and mentally exhausted from engaging with trauma, activism, and organizing during the past weeks. However, I think this fatigue makes celebrating with each other and bragging on each other that much more important.
June 21, 2020
Though the methods and ideologies have long been practiced (by Indigenous, Black, Disabled, and LGBTQIA+ communities), COVID-19 health crises and Black Lives Matter protests have brought the term "mutual aid" to the vocabulary of organizations, mainstream media, and organizers. Of course the popularization of a term is often unfortunately followed by the misuse of it. So what exactly is mutual aid? What is it not? And how can we see it in the future of DDCSP?
June 4, 2020
Black lives matter today and every day.
May 6, 2020
ALC 4 applications are live! Get your questions answered here.
April 29, 2020
Thank you to Sasha for such a wonderful webinar. It's so valuable to hear what happens behind the scenes after an application has been submitted. Below you can find notes on the talk. Don't miss our next webinar on acing interviews.
April 22, 2020
Thank you to everyone who attended our most recent webinar with Ki'Amber Thompson. Everyone asked really good questions. Below are some notes and resources from the webinar. And don't miss our next webinar on Getting Hired in a Nonprofit!
April 13, 2020
Acknowledging how drastically different the world’s present is from its past just a couple weeks ago gives me hope for how incredibly and wildly different the future will be. After all, according to Butler, “The only lasting truth is change.” Re-reading the intro to Emergent Strategies echoed this sentiment, “Once there were kings and queens all over the earth. Someday we might speak of presidents and CEOs in the past tense only.” These reminders help me set the groundwork for imagining the world I want.
March 20, 2020
COVID-19 places an undue burden on already vulnerable populations and further exposes existing social inequities. To that end, we've collected some mutual aid resources that have links to locally specific resources and fundraisers that may be relevant to you and/or those most impacted.
March 16, 2020
A big thank you to Sarah Anderson for her encouragement and helpful insights in our last webinar. And thank you to all who attended; the questions and overall participation were great! You can watch the full webinar here.
Here are some short notes from the webinar...
March 9, 2020
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Agroecology Program is looking for students to pursue a Master’s degree in Agriculture, Environmental, and Sustainability Sciences (AESS) with grant supported study focused on multiple dimensions of sustainable agriculture and food systems. The AESS program provides students with a unique, integrative education and training that prepares them to meet the challenges and opportunities in the multiple dimensions of sustainability sciences. This multidisciplinary degree program is designed to supplement theoretical understanding with action-oriented, applied research.
March 3, 2020
Thank you to all who attended our last webinar, Leveraging Mentor Relationships, with Véronique Couttee. We had a great time talking about mentorship experiences and learning from each other.
February 26, 2020
Last fall, we shared an update with you on our decision-making process around discontinuing DDCSP at Northern Arizona University. In the spirit of transparency and in providing you all periodic updates on DDCSP and DDCF, we wanted to share with you another shift in one of the programs.
February 13, 2020
Sujata Gautam (DDCSP NAU '14) is pictured center in green pants with her current cohort. "It's been amazing and I almost feel like it is the graduate school version of DDCSP in many ways."
January 20, 2020
I want to speak to my fellow able-bodied and/or neurotypical folks about how we can (and must) better incorporate disability justice into sustainability spaces and into our definition of environmental justice.
January 17, 2020
Our dear friend Lacey Lumpkin passed away earlier this year after a courageous battle with cancer. The grief has been heavy and difficult to process and it’s still hard to imagine a future without Lacey. She was a radiant member of the DDCSP UW family; she had an iconic sense of style, the best humor, and an incredible smile.
January 10, 2020
I am recruiting for a graduate student (PhD/Masters) in ocean and coastal governance at the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab beginning in the Fall of 2020. The student will be fully funded as a Research Assistant (4 years for PhD, 2 years for Masters).
October 29, 2019
I am writing to share our excitement and recruit applications for our new solutions-focused graduate program, the Coastal Science and Policy Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. We seek applications from, or recommendations of, emerging coastal science and policy leaders who are exceptional collaborators, young professionals, recent graduates, or grantees and who show leadership promise and passion to address opportunities and challenges from land to sea.
October 28, 2019
October 25, 2019
Hello Alumni of the Greatest Conservation Network of All Time! Guilu (UM ‘16) and Dyaami (UW ‘14) here. We had the amazing opportunity to assist in the facilitation of Alumni Leadership Cohort 3 with the superstars Teri and Luz this September. We want to share some reflections and thoughts with you about the experience of connection, facilitation, and this phase of our network growth...
September 23, 2019
Stories are an essential part of the human condition. Storytelling allows us to exchange ourselves with one another and build community. Unfortunately, for many of us who belong to marginalized backgrounds, our stories have been defined for us, or ripped from our personhood entirely. We are placed into boxes, told to homogenize our experience, make it palatable to others. Through the Alumni Leadership Cohort, we recognize the vastness of experience, and how storytelling can be used to reclaim that vastness. It is our pleasure to introduce just a glimpse of the diverse narratives that exist within the 3rd annual DDCSP Alumni Leadership Cohort.
July 9, 2019
Defining our value requires us to explore our deeply held personal messages, ideas, and attitudes about ourselves and our relationship to money and/or salary. The act of asking for (more) money and/or (more/other) benefits, or crafting a personal value statement supported by accomplishments, skills/experience, and impact is complex enough. We owe it to ourselves to take time in finding and providing context and language that may help dismantle personally limiting beliefs and support us in asking for and demonstrating fair market value.
June 25, 2019
ELP Reflections from the 2019 PGM ONE Summit
June 19, 2019
ELP and Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) are offering a scholarship to ELP alumni and network members including DDCSP Alumni to participate in the interdisciplinary Executive Master of Natural Resources graduate degree program focusing on Leadership for Sustainability.
April 29, 2019
By far one of my favorite experiences while in college was my summer internships with the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP). Through DDCSP I met people of color from around the country who were also passionate about social change and conservation.
April 26, 2019
The IslandWood Graduate Program in Education for Environment and Community is a 10-month immersive residency in justice-oriented environmental education; experiential, student-centered learning; and culturally-responsive teaching and curriculum development.
April 12, 2019
Imagine a place.
In that place, there are trees that Pachamama created and many creatures that roam on the land. Deer, lombrisas, newts, and human people all exist together in peace. The birds sing their praises and all you can do is sit in the silence and soak it all in.
March 19, 2019
Informational interviews are a chance to connect with a professional in your field of interest to learn about what they do, how they got there, and ask questions for advice about your career path. You are invited to connect with a staff member from The Wilderness Society, the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places, for an informal interview.
March 5, 2019
In an effort to reduce those barriers to access and demystify the conservation job search, we’re excited to launch a partnership between Natural Leaders Network, The Wilderness Society, and Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Alumni Network. By bringing young leaders from communities of color to the table with Wilderness Society Staff for a series of webinars and informational interviews, we hope that these leaders will be better able to discover, identify, and pursue careers in the conservation field that excite them.
March 5, 2019
When I first got into conservation it was thanks to the likes of many famous environmentalists with TV shows like Steve Irwin, Jack Hanna, Jeff Corwin, etc. When I moved away to college I learned of more environmentalists, naturalists, and scientists who contributed a lot to the history of conservation. However, while I was learning and absorbing information, some very important people were left out of the mix. I’ve grown to know of many “pioneers” and “important” people in the conservation field, but I can’t recall any of these people looking like me.
January 30, 2019
Learn how to select and create activities that help break the ice and not build it.
January 24, 2019
Mentorship Program Launch! This month begins the first group of mentee/mentor partnerships between DDCSP Alumni and Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellows. This month we are highlighting Senior Fellow, Yewah Lau. Meet Yewah.
January 23, 2019
Mentorship Program Launch! This month begins the first group of mentee/mentor partnerships between DDCSP Alumni and Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellows. This month we are highlighting Senior Fellow, Albert Arevalo. Meet Albert.
January 10, 2019
The College of Marine Science (CMS) at the University of South Florida would like to invite MSI graduating seniors and alumni to apply for fully funded Fall 2019 graduate (MS, PhD) research opportunities. We are seeking students from diverse majors (applied mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geosciences, etc.) to become the next generation of scholar-leaders and policy-makers in addressing the health of the oceans and global climate change.
January 10, 2019
Recently, I moved to the Philippines to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Coastal Resource Management sector. I work with the Provincial Government and Natural Resources Office and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in my assigned province!
January 7, 2019
Super excited to attend the DDCSP Alumni Homecoming but not sure how to talk to your employer or professor about attending? Here are 6 quick tips to help frame your conversation.
December 20, 2018
If you’re currently in a public room – any public room – there is a one-hundred percent chance everyone in the room will have at least one thing in common: they will be fully clothed.
November 29, 2018
Looking to explore grad schools? This week we're highlighting Stony Brook University's Ecology and Evolution.
November 21, 2018
On Tuesday, October 23rd, a small group of ELP Fellows, Ray Fellows, and Doris Duke Conservation Scholars who are LGBTQ+ or allies gathered to discuss our experiences navigating queer identities within the environmental movement at the event “Green Spaces, Queer Faces."
November 21, 2018
Looking for an opportunity to discuss professional goals, challenges, and questions with peers and a mentor in the environmental sector? Join a 6-month mentorship program between Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Alumni and the larger Environmental Leadership Program Ecosphere. Mentors and mentees will be in small pods or learning circles of 4 -5 DDCSP alumni who are matched with a mid - senior level career environmental leader.
September 6, 2018
In October, 19 thoughtful DDCSP Alumni change-makers gathered at White Oak Conservation Center. Here are some reflections from Camille, Citralina, and Andrea on their experiences of the Alumni Leadership Cohort Experience.
August 28, 2018
What does it take to become a standout employee? Here are 3 tips and LOTS of resources to help you manage up, solicit feedback, and set intentional meetings.
August 2, 2018
July 2, 2018
DDCSP UW and ALC 1 Fellow, Chris DeLeon, interviews fellow DDCSP UW Alumni, Naanibah Begay
May 16, 2018
Check out our latest op-ed on the Power of a single opportunity by Anahi Naranjo, DDCSP UW
May 14, 2018
DDCSP NAU Alum Vincent Irizarry reflects on the first DDCSP Alumni Leadership Cohort at White Oak Conservation Center in March, 2018.
March 20, 2018
"It is through communal sharing of narratives that hidden stories become dominant stories and dominant stories become more familiar and inclusive to those feeling on the outside of field where they are in the minority."
February 14, 2018
For Alicia Highland, Educator and School Partnerships Coordinator at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA, her love of science was partly ignited by an “F” on a science test as a little girl in elementary school in Ohio.
December 14, 2017
Over that past few weeks you have been an instrumental part of helping the Environmental Leadership Program build a network that we hope will beneficial to you for many years to come. We have valued the input of everyone, including current DDCSP scholars. We look forward to current scholars joining the network as alumni in the future.