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Dr. Thomas Easley:

The Case for Hip Hop Forestry 

May 17, 2019 (Public Lecture) 

7:30pm - 9:00pm 

May 18, 2019 (Master Class) 

8:20am - 11:30am 

Hosted at the Eileen Rockefeller House (RockE House). RockE House & Basecamp is an extension of North Country School and Camp Treetops

Join us for a seminar by Hip Hop Forester and Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Dr. Thomas Easley. Light snacks and refreshments provided.


As a forester, Dr. Easley developed a deeper understanding of why diversity works so well and applied that approach to hip-hop, health, environmental justice, and spirituality, which he will share in this seminar. This information can help others broaden their message to diverse audiences and partners, and hopefully help to share the Adirondack park experience with more people of color. 


 Dr. Thomas Easley will present a Master Class on Saturday May 18, 2018 following the public lecture on Friday. Please reserve your space at the registration link above. 

Master Class Itinerary: 

  • 8:30 am: Arrive, check in, welcome. Who is in the room? 

  • 9:00 am: Learning Journey: Into the forest community. How is diversity driving success in this ecosystem? 

  • 10:30 am: Friends Group: How do we pursue diversity in our society to strengthen our classrooms, our colleges, and our communities? How do we cultivate psychological flexibility for ourselves and others? 

  • 11:15 am: Getting out of auto-pilot


Dr. Thomas Easley is Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Easley comes to Yale from North Carolina State University (NCSU), where he spent 13 years as the Director of Community Diversity at the university’s College of Natural Resources. He has a master’s degree in forest genetics from Iowa State University and a doctorate of education from NCSU. At F&ES he works with the entire community — faculty, staff, and students — on a range of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Dr. Easley has also been pastor for an NCSU campus ministry that has attracted students from a wide range of backgrounds and he regularly performs hip-hop.



Public Lecture: Free to the public. However, space is limited. Please reserve your space at the registration link above.

Master Class Tuition: $50. Optional extended lunch & conversation: $12 (vegan and vegetarian options). 

Ages 18+

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