Diversity and Natural Resources

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HDNR DEI Committee Mission

The DEI committee advances HDNR’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) through support of students, and guidance on the department’s research, administration and teaching, to establish an environment which enables all students, faculty and staff to learn and thrive.

From our Strategic Plan:

We believe in

Diversity – respecting and connecting communities

We are committed to

Valuing diverse worldviews and knowledge systems

We will prioritize and measure our



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DEI awards for the 2022-2023 academic year


  • Dr. Christina Cavaliere ” is a global leader speaking out for equity / inclusion and impacting women’s roles and recognition for the better in our department and around the world… of note this year was her influence leading to greater representation by women as keynote speakers in the Tourism Naturally Conference [which had 1000+ registrants from over 50 countries] in October 2022.”

Graduate students:

  • Arianna Basto Eyzaguirre served as a TA for NR400. “The CSU Principles of Community, environmental justice, and social justice are a core component of NR 400….Arianna is a TA with experience in and passion for these areas. She challenges students to think critically and apply justice-related concepts. She also shares successes from her Master’s project, which is about Latinx fishers in Colorado and is a joint project with CO Parks and Wildlife. Arianna also goes the extra mile to support students struggling with mental health challenges and accommodation needs.”
  • Carly Quisenberry is “a graduate student in CLTL, and a member of the Cherokee Nation, who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to promoting DEI in our academic community. Carly’s thesis [uses Indigenous methodologies to examine] the workplace experiences of rangers who identify as Indigenous women. Carly was invited to be a panelist at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry’s “Indigenous Women’s Narratives as “Felt Theory” & Indigenous Methodology for Healing” event. She has also worked and volunteered for organizations committed to supporting underserved communities, including Homeward Bound, a leadership NGO focused on supporting women’s leadership in STEMM fields.”

Undergraduate Student:

  • Rebekah Moats “is minoring in Diversity & Inclusion and majoring in HDNR. In her classroom projects this year, she has been doing projects centered around DEI subjects, including on decolonization and equity in Warner College education”


Call for 2023 HDNR Diversity & Inclusion Award Nominations 



The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources is seeking nominations for 2023 HDNR Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Please see award details below, and consider nominating yourself or others. 


Award Purpose: The award will recognize those who made outstanding efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in research, teaching, outreach, and administration, and/or any other actions that that foster an inclusive community on our campus. 


Eligibility: We will recognize up to three individuals in the current academic year (2022-2023), including HDNR faculty/staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Students must be enrolled in HDNR graduate or undergraduate majors to qualify. 


Recognition: Each recipient will be awarded a certificate and recognized on the HDNR website and other media. Awards will be presented at the end of spring semester. 


Nomination process and timeline: Please submit nominations by April 15, 2023. Your nomination should include specific examples that demonstrate the nominee’s effort to support diversity and inclusion. Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by another individual or group of individuals. Nominators may nominate up to 3 individuals. Please fill out the nomination form at the following link: HDNR Diversity and InclusionAward Nomination Form 


Evaluation process: Nominations will be evaluated by the HDNR Diversity & Inclusion Award selection team and be based on demonstrated commitment to DEI in teaching; DEI in research; DEI in administration; DEI in service; and/or other actions that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community, and for our HDNR culture. Evaluations will be adapted for nominee classification of faculty/staff, graduate student, and undergraduate student. Nominees will be notified of their selection status in April.

Learning and Engagement

NRRT 330: Social Aspects of Natural Resources Management


CSU Land Acknowledgment

Colorado State University acknowledges, with respect, that the land we are on today is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations and peoples. This was also a site of trade, gathering, and healing for numerous other Native tribes. We recognize the Indigenous peoples as original stewards of this land and all the relatives within it. As these words of acknowledgment are spoken and heard, the ties Nations have to their traditional homelands are renewed and reaffirmed.

CSU is founded as a land-grant institution, and we accept that our mission must encompass access to education and inclusion. And, significantly, that our founding came at a dire cost to Native Nations and peoples whose land this University was built upon. This acknowledgment is the education and inclusion we must practice in recognizing our institutional history, responsibility, and commitment.

At Colorado State University, diversity, equity, and inclusion are more than words – they are a call to action. Through proactive efforts and meaningful progress, we are working towards our vision of an inclusive university community that welcomes and affirms diversity of people, perspectives, and ideas.

Warner College of Natural Resources is committed to exemplifying and embodying Colorado State University’s Principles of Community: inclusion, integrity, respect, service, and social justice – and working diligently toward inclusive excellence.