Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Justice Resources for Nonprofits

River Network believes all people have a right to clean and safe water, and the right to feel safe everywhere. We are committed to inclusion as one of our core values and to promoting a sense of belonging for all, regardless of race.

We recognize that our own work on water equity is but one piece of a larger and unjust national puzzle and that inequity in natural resources is one of many faced by Black, Indigenous, and communities of color. We also recognize that those same communities are leading the movement for equity in the outdoors and beyond, and we are honored to support and learn from the work of groups like Outdoor Afro, Latino Outdoors, and so many others who are working to ensure our natural spaces are safe, welcoming, and can be enjoyed by all. We encourage all of our partners – both individuals and organizations – to join us in learning to recognize and to challenge the ways in which racism, inequality, and privilege intersect with our work in conservation. We invite dialogue with others working on these issues to seek guidance and develop collaborations. We also commit to sharing  resources that help us all be catalysts and partners in building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive movement for our nation’s waters.

On this page you’ll find these resources, across a variety of sub-topics. This page is a living, evolving resource that is updated regularly.

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Table of Contents

White Privilege & Racial Equity

Conservation, Environmentalism, & Race

Organizational EDI

 Becoming an Ally

The Intersection of Water & Equity

Other Resources


To download this page as a PDF, click the Resource File link below. Last updated February 27, 2023.

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