DDCSP Homecoming Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is DDCSP Homecoming?

The DDCSP Homecoming is a 4 day event for DDCSP alumni to come together to reunite with your DDCSP cohort and form new lasting connections with other DDCSP alumni from other programs.


This is a Homecoming to celebrate YOU, DDCSP alumni. That means this will not be a typical conference. In a relaxed and natural atmosphere you will learn in community with your fellow alumni, Program Directors and local ELP Senior Fellows.  This event will be a decolonized space for you to learn, grow and be seen by your fellow DDCSP community. Your voices and participation will guide what this event will be. We will engage all learning styles and create space for connection.


2. Who is hosting the DDCSP Homecoming?

This event is hosted by the DDCSP Alumni Network in partnership with the Environmental Leadership Program, with planning support from DDCSP University of Washington and funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.   


3. Where will DDCSP Homecoming take place?

The DDCSP Homecoming will take place at Islandwood on Bainbridge Island in Seattle, WA. All lodging, meals and activities will take place on the Islandwood campus.  


IslandWood was founded in 2000 as an environmental learning center created to improve access to meaningful, nature-based learning experiences for children in the Pacific Northwest. In the last two decades, Islandwood has expanded the ways their work is advancing innovative and inclusive education that fosters greater environmental health, a sustainable future, and social and ecological wellbeing for all. To learn more about Islandwood or to see photos, click here.


4. Who should attend?

Any DDCSP alumni who is excited to reconnect with your DDCSP community and who demonstrates a clear personal or professional interest in conservation (defined broadly). You must have completed both summers (and any following winter workshops) to be considered a DDCSP alumni. Unfortunately if you are not yet an alumni, you cannot attend.


5. What will I learn or discuss?

A planning team comprised of DDCSP alumni will support developing the agenda of

topics and activities that will take place.


You can expect to engage in:

  • Reconnecting with your cohort and Program Directors to learn what is new in your program, as well as learning about how the other programs operate
  • Dialogues on topics like Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in academia and the workplace
  • Develop leadership skills in network-weaving and practicing your authentic leadership style
  • Participate in workshops to workshop your story and personal narrative and explore the hidden and resistance stories in the conservation movement
  • Creating art, dancing to music and practicing self-care
  • Building community in the evenings through games, campfires and an untalent show
  • Opening Circles every morning, where we come together to collectively ground ourselves and our intentions for our time together
  • Learning from and explore local indigenous leaders and conservation efforts in Seattle  

Take a look at the draft agenda here. 

6. How many alumni will be able to attend?

Islandwood’s capacity can accommodate up to 150 alumni. Travel funding and lodging support can only be guaranteed up to 90 alumni. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application during Early Action, by October 30th to receive a priority confirmation.  If the number of applications exceeds 90, you may be able to secure additional funding from your program, though this is program specific.


7. Is there funding available to support my attendance at this event??

Funding for this event is generously provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Foundation’s funding will cover flights, lodging and meals for up to 90 alumni.


8. I’m excited to participate, how can I apply?

We are so glad you asked! We are accepting applications now on our website.

Early Action Applications are due October 30th. Applicants who apply by October 30th will receive priority review and confirmation of their attendance. After October 30th applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until January 18th.


9. Is there any affiliation between DDCSP Homecoming and New Horizons?

DDCSP Homecoming is for DDCSP alumni only and is hosted by the DDCSP Alumni Network in partnership with Environmental Leadership Program.  New Horizons is a professional networking conference hosted by the University of Michigan. ELP is not involved in the planning or coordination of New Horizons. These are two separate events and if you wish to attend both you will need to submit distinct applications for each one.  If you have additional questions about Homecoming please contact Teri Brezner, Program Director, DDCSP Alumni Network at ELP (teri@elpnet.org). If you have specific questions about New Horizons, reach out to Ember McCoy at embermcc@umich.edu.


10. What can I do to prepare and make the most of out DDCSP Homecoming?

  • Complete your application by October 30th for priority consideration
  • Fill out your website profile. Do you know you can find all alumni on a map on our website? Use the map to find other alumni near you.
  • Tell your DDCSP friends to apply
  • RSVP to the facebook event page and share your ideas or hopes for the event on our facebook page

If you need support in accessing your account for ddcspnetwork.org or completing your profile, don’t hesitate to reach out to Lucy Alejos, DDCSP Alumni Network Digital Community Engagement Manager.  


Still have questions about Homecoming? Reach out to Teri Brezner, Program Director, DDCSP Alumni Network