April 24, 8:00 am EDT - April 26, 5:00 pm EDT

The second annual New Horizons in Conservation Conference: Diversity, Equity, and Justice will take place from April 24th through April 26th, 2019 at the Hyatt McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. The conference is an annual gathering of alumni of the Environmental Fellows Program (EFP) and the five Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Programs (DDCSP) to reconnect with their cohorts, network across programs and cohorts, engage in hands-on workshops and training, and hear from leaders and visionaries in the environmental field.  Workshops include diversity, equity, and inclusion training, policy briefing and lobbying, salary negotiations, and graduate school preparation. Many of those attending the conference are people of color. This year, the conference is also open to students and young professionals outside of the EFP and DDCSP networks who are from underrepresented backgrounds in the environmental field and/or those who are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field.

This year's conference will feature keynote addresses from Denis Hayes -- coordinator of the first Earth Day (1970).  Since next year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Denis will give conference attendees a preview of what's to come and get scholars and other conference participants to get involved in the activities leading up to and on Earth Day 2020. 

Steward Pickett of the Cary Insitute of Ecosystems Studies will also deliver a keynote address.

David Yarnold (President of the National Audubon), Allison Chin (former President of the Sierra Club), and Bill Ulfelder (Executive Director of the New York Nature Conservancy) will be at the conference to discuss the promise and challenges of instituting diversity, equity, and inclusion in their organizations.

The conference will also feature field trips and behind-the-scenes tours of the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Lincoln Park Conservatory.  There will be two toxic tours of Little Village and People for Community Recovery (Altgeld Gardens).  There is also a Lakefront Walking Tour.

The Chicago Environmentalists of Color will be hosting a networking session with conference attendees.  They will do this in Bronzeville (Chicago's historic "Black Belt."

There will be many amazing speakers and plenty of time for networking (students requested this last year).

There are still opportunities for students to either make panel or poster presentations.

Please visit the conference website to register:  

https://efp.seas.umich.edu/2019-new-horizons-conference/