Dorceta Taylor

“The question is, how do I open the door for other people? How can I use what I’ve learned to help others? That’s a lot bigger than just my publications.”

Dorceta E. Taylor is an environmentalist and sociologist who has fought for environmental and racial justice. As the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Michigan, she has done research on race relations, gender and development, conservation, and more. One of her most notable ideas is Environmental privilege, which is the idea that more privileged demographics hold environmental advantages away from those who are less privileged. This idea ties into her fight for racial justice as well, citing that more black communities aren’t getting the same environmental amenities as urban white communities.


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