DEI webinar series: The What, Why, and How of Relevancy, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (part 1 of 2)
Our work to protect and restore the rivers and other waters exists within the context of a society that is increasingly diverse. Nearly 40% of the U.S. population are people of color, and predictions suggest that by the mid-2040s non-whites and people of mixed-race will be a majority of our population. To remain socially relevant, our organizations should reflect the diversity of society as a whole, requiring us to both reform our institutions from the inside and our approach to our river protection and restoration work. Indeed, this question of how we become more diverse organizations working toward more equitable solutions to our water challenges is one many local river and watershed organizations are wrestling with.
Join this River Network webinar, the first in a 2-part series. This interactive 90-minute session is designed to serve as a foundation on the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and will cover:
- Working definitions of diversity, equity, inclusion, cultural competence, and cultural relevancy to ensure we are all speaking the same language;
- A framework for discussing the reasons why DEI efforts are important in the realm of river and water protection and restoration, including River Network’s own “mission case” for DEI as an example;
- A discussion of how to get started on this work, using a four-quadrant framework and guiding principles for approaching DEI work in a holistic and sustainable way and providing sample strategies that River Network and other organizations have considered in this realm.
This webinar will be presented by staff of the Avarna Group and is sponsored by the Urban Waters Learning Network and the Kresge Foundation. It is free of charge. If you have any questions, please contact Diana Toledo.
Over the course of the webinar, the presenters will refer to River Network’s DRAFT “Case for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.” You can find that document, and River Network’s DEI Statement of Intent, here.
Due to overwhelming interest, this webinar is now closed to new registrations. A recording of the session will be made available in the event you were not able to attend the live webinar. Thanks!