The New Horizons in Conservation Conference is an annual gathering of alumni of the five Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Programs and the Environmental Fellows Program 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.
The second annual New Horizons in Conservation Conference will take place on April 24-26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois at the Hyatt McCormick Place.
New Horizons in Conservation Conference 2018
The inaugural New Horizons in Conservation conference held in Washington D.C. on April 18 – 20, 2018 represented a milestone in conservation history. More than 200 students, faculty, SEAS alumni and leading conservation professionals—the majority of them people of color—gathered to “celebrate and assess” diversity, equity, and inclusion in the environmental sector.
“The students and young professionals who attended this conference represent the future of conservation. They are multicultural, multi-faceted, and talented, and they are poised to take on leadership roles in this sector. Diversity benefits us all, and there is strength in it.” – Dr. Dorceta Taylor
“You can read about it, you can have one-on-one conversations on it, you can look at the studies, you can have the data and the research, but it really hits home when you are in a room where you can actually see this vision of the future. There was a sense of hope, a sense of knowing that it’s going to be okay. If this is the present and future of the movement—even though it’s still going to be a lot of work—there’s a lot of hope that comes with that.“ – SEAS alumnus José González ’09, founder of Latino Outdoors and a workshop panelist