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Diversity and Inclusion

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"I absolutely love my job and am so happy that I continued with
DEC after my internship. I look forward to the exciting projects
I get to work on with my wonderful colleagues every day."
Nasibah Elmi,
Division of Materials Management

View Nasibah Elmi's full profile.

Since its inception 50 years ago, the mission of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to protect, sustain, and, when possible, improve our environment is a cause that has united all cultures and heritages. Environmental awareness and stewardship play an integral role in many of our cultures, and the pursuit of ensuring a clean, healthy environment now and into the future remains a goal of our agency on a professional and personal level.

DEC is dedicated to providing a work environment that fully supports and fosters diversity and inclusion. DEC's mission of protecting the environment can only be successfully accomplished when we embrace the diversity, strengths, and talents of all our employees.

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and DEC joins the rest of the nation in paying tribute to African American men and women whose significant contributions are woven into the fabric of America's culture.

Diversity Resources and Links

Resources include articles, podcasts, and blogs that present the perspective of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), Latino/a, and Latinx, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and other identities (LGBTQ+) and their experiences in the outdoors and in nature.


More about Diversity and Inclusion:

  • Native American Heritage Month - DEC observe's Native American Heritage Month in November as a time to reflect on our relationships with our indigenous friends and neighbors here in New York and beyond. New York's history and culture are intertwined with indigenous peoples' histories and cultures. We acknowledge that the land on which we live and work is the ancestral territory of the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, Tuscarora, Unkechaug, Shinnecock, Montauk, Delaware, Ramapough, Munsee, and Mohican peoples. In fact, the colonial era capital of the Mohican people is located on Papscanee Island, just a few miles south of DEC headquarters.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month - DEC is proud to observe Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 in honor of the history, culture, and influence of past and present generations of Hispanic New Yorkers.
  • Black History Month - Biographies
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