River Voices October 2015: Diversity and Inclusiveness

Table of Contents

Bridging the Divide:by Nicole Silk and Paco Ollervides, River Network
Embracing Change:by Cindy Lowry and Adam Johnston, Alabama Rivers Alliance
Engagement and Outreach Into Diverse Communities:by Pamela Ritger, Clean Wisconsin
Hiring From Within: Creating a Multi-Layer Community Outreach Strategy:by Susan Kornacki, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Leadership in Support of Inclusion:by Simone Lightfoot, National Wildlife Federation
Developing Tomorrow’s Environmental Stewards:by Dennis Chestnut, Groundwork Anacostia
Take Me Out to the Water:by Mike Taylor, Calumet Waterways Stewards
Inclusive, Diverse, and Equitable River Conservation Efforts:by Alberto Rodriguez, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
The Choice and Opportunity is Yours:by Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper

In This Issue

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 3.35.41 PMWhen I imagine the future and water, my mind always turns to my kids and the generations that follow them. I want to be able to give them hope, a deep connection to nature, the keys to building a sustainable future, and a sense that everyone can work together for good. Sound familiar?

I know though that my kids will experience the world differently than I have – they already are. Their heritage links them to Guatemala and a mixed race identify. Sometimes they do experience a shift in perception or judgment by others due to the slightly more cappuccino color of their skin or their Hispanic last name.

The future we need for my kids is the same one that we need for our work in water. We need organizations that are welcome to people of all colors and identities and bring everyone access to healthy rivers, just like we need our society to embrace everyone equally. I think we can do that, but it will take dedication and determination. This issue of River Voices explores the changing nature of society, simple ways to start building a more diverse and inclusive movement, and incredibly evocative personal stories. Thank you contributors! As with all issues of River Voices, we hope these articles inspire you to explore further and even transform your path moving forward.

– Nicole Silk, President

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