UMISC Workshop: Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are Vital to Conservation Goals

Wednesday, 4 November 2020 10:20 AM - 12:00 PM CST

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Wednesday, 4 November 2020 10:20 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Instructor: C. Parker McMullen Bushman, EcoInclusive Strategies, LLC

Diversity, equity, and inclusion have become buzzwords that have been placed strategically in organizational mandates, inspired the formation of DEI committees, and/or simply sparked critical dialogue around bias and organizational culture. But do we know what these words really mean and how do we put this work into action in the environmental field. In this session participants will understand the relationship between culture and bias, learn about ways to incorporate DEI principles into our work and the importance of creating welcoming spaces so that all people may become environmental stewards who will advocate for and protect our most precious public resources – our land, water, trees, open spaces and wildlife.

Workshop objectives include:

         A breakdown of DEI principles.

         Looking at changing demographics and implications for conservation work

         Exploring definition of unconscious bias and the cognitive processes which enable it

Parker is a dynamic speaker that engages audiences in new thinking around what it means to be a diversity change agent, an inclusive leader and building capacity for transformational change. Parker is the founder and lead Justice and Equity Strategist for Ecoinclusive. Her background in the education, conservation, outdoor recreation, and interpretive fields spans over 23 years. Parker’s interest in diversity, equity and inclusion issues developed from her personal experiences facing the unequal representation of people of color in nonprofit and environmental organizations. Parker tackles these complex issues through head on activism and education. In Colorado she works with organizations to aid them in building culturally competent organizations that are representative of their communities. Additionally, she sits on the board of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, Metro Denver Nature Alliance and the National Association for Interpretation.



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