Inspiration to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in environmental organizations

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(Thea Silver) #1

Looking for some inspiration to advance your diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts? Want to learn from what others are doing and share your experiences?

In a previous post - Making White the Old Green - we started to explore the lack of diversity across the environmental movement and how this could limit our ability to achieve the change we seek. Thought I’d continue the conversation here by sharing an inspirational example courtesy of the The National Audobon Society.

As you may know - the Audobon Society is one of America’s oldest conservation organizations. It was founded in the late 1800s by a couple of forward-thinking women who, concerned about the slaughter of waterbirds for the millinery trade, held a series of afternoon teas to convince Boston society ladies to reject hats with bird feathers (don’t think there are any roots more white than that!!). It has since grown into one of the country’s largest and most established conservation organizations. And, it’s taking deliberate steps to address diversity, equity and inclusion. Check out its Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and a related 5-minute video.

OTF has also recently embarked upon our own organizational DEI journey. In late 2017, our Board embedded DEI in our corporate values and adopted a Framework for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

While every organization is different, I’m hoping we can use this space to learn from one another and leverage our collective efforts. Feel free to share what you’re doing and encourage others to do the same!