Podcast Examines the
Nexus of Environment and Diversity

The Heartwood Podcast examines the intersection of environmental issues and diversity, and is hosted by Thomas RaShad Easley, formerly the assistant dean of community and inclusion at YSE.
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During the eight-episode debut season, Easley speaks with guests on a range of topics, including leadership, sustainability, diversity in the workplace, music, and wildlife ecosystems.
In the first episode, Easley shares his own story and the mission behind the podcast. Achieving a more inclusive community, he says, requires all members of the community — faculty, staff, students — to open themselves up. “We’re all part of the problem, but we can all be part of the solution,” he said. “I think Heartwood is going to help us look at the solutions by looking at ourselves.”
Guests in later episodes include YSE Dean Indy Burke; Julia Pyper, a co-host of Greentech Media’s popular “Political Climate” podcast; Jennifer Verdolin, a professor at the University of Arizona; and Jarami Bond, an up-and-comer in the field of sustainable business.

The series is produced by Easley and Chris Perkins, a joint-degree M.E.M. and M.B.A. candidate at YSE and the Yale School of Management.

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PUBLISHED: May 16, 2019
Note: Yale School of the Environment (YSE) was formerly known as the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). News articles posted prior to July 1, 2020, refer to the School's name at that time.