Why join the Alumni Council...?  



Wait, so what exactly is the alumni council?

The DDCSP Alumni Council is a group of 8 alumni who will serve in leadership and coordinating positions to advance the ideas and projects that emerge from the DDCSP Alumni community. The positions of the Alumni Council were first outlined by the Alumni Steering Committee in 2020. The Steering Committee helped guide the first round of elected council members. Their time with the Alumni Council is ending to make room for newly elected members! We're so grateful to them for their amazing contributions! 

Who is staying on from the first Alumni Council term?

Diana (UW '17)

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Olivia (UW '17)

Olivia is outside and smiles at the camera. They wear glasses and a light brown shirt. They have black hair.

Savannah ( NAU '16)

Savannah smiles at the camera. She is outside at a park. She has brown hair.

Storm (UCSC '18) 

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What are the available positions?

Though Council members will have distinct roles, applications and voting will not be done on a role by role basis. Roles will be decided collectively by the Council after elections have been finalized. Some roles will be shared by multiple members.

The roles that the Council will self organize into are as follows:

  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Mini-Grant Fund Managers
  • Administrator
  • Regional Ambassador Support
  • Mutual Aid Fund Managers
  • Equity Processor
What's the time commitment?

Alumni Council members will serve 2-year terms. Don't be scared! The monthly time commitment is no more than 12 hours, often less. That comes to around 3 hours a week max.

Is this a paid opportunity?

YES! This position is paid! Folks will receive a stipend of $2250/year paid in two installments over the year.



Where do I apply?

The application period has now ended. 

Why no names in application?

DDCSP alumni participate in the network to drastically varying degrees and some folks feel more connected than others to peers in their own program and in other programs. We want all folks to feel included in the conversations and community rather than excluded. By keeping voting anonymous, we hope to create a process that feels fun for everyone and as little like a popularity contest as possible.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be an alumnus of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars program.
  • To be considered alumni you must have completed both summers of DDCSP.
  • ITIN or Social Security Numbers are needed for filling w-9 forms. If you need support in applying for an ITIN number, please let us know at sydney@elpnet.org and we will work to connect you with organizations that support ITIN applications and renewals. In the past we have connected alumni with staff at Mexican American Opportunity Foundation to support alum in obtaining ITIN numbers or renewing ITIN.
What is the selection process?

Elections! All DDCSP alumni, current scholars, and program staff will participate in anonymous voting! ELP will not be selecting or interviewing any candidates. The 4 anonymous applications with the most votes will be members of the Alumni Council! In the event that an additional spot opens up, the candidate with the next highest number of votes will be selected to fill that role.

When are interest forms due?

Interest forms were due May 23 by 11:59pm ET.

I can't run for this Alumni Council. When will the next cycle begin?

Elections will be held Summer 2023 and new council members will begin working Fall 2023! Hope to see you same time next year!



When is the voting period?

Voting was open June 1- June 28.

Oops! I made a mistake. How do I change my vote?

If you need to change your vote, please contact Sydney@elpnet.org

So… then what if I’m not elected?

Folks who have submitted interest forms will be reached out to as future opportunities come up. We are always looking for ways to engage as many scholars as possible, and we’re so excited you are interested in investing in this network. The Alumni Council (and all formalized DDCSP alumni programming) is not the end all be all, and if you have a specific idea for a DDCSP event or collaboration, please reach out to Sydney.


Still have questions? Contact Sydney@elpnet.org