The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, Gathering Waters, and Wisconsin’s Green Fire are partnering to offer a diversity, equity and inclusion workshop series for our staff, board, members, and partners.

We recognize conservation’s long history of racism, the exclusion of people of color in outdoor spaces, and the need to center racial equity in our efforts by including and supporting the diverse communities of our society. We believe that conservation that truly values and empowers a diversity of voices, perspectives, and approaches will be better for both people and the planet.

We are committed to reckoning with our history and taking action to make change – and it all begins with learning, which is why we launched a series of workshops.

About the workshops

August Ball, founder and CEO of Cream City Conservation, is leading discussions to help us to integrate diversity, equity and inclusion into our conservation work. This series is intended to provide a foundational understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion, which we will then work to translate into our conservation efforts across Wisconsin.

Who can attend? Whether you work in the conservation field or are interested in furthering your own learning, anyone who is interested in creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive conservation community is welcome to join us for one or all of these workshops.

Workshop 1:

Understanding Racial Equity and Inclusion in Conservation 101

September 16, 2020, 4-6:30 p.m.

Compounded disparities impact communities of color in every corner of society, be it socio-economic, political, educational, health, etc. In addition, communities of color remain grossly under-represented in spaces that hold key decision-making power to impact outcomes in their communities.

This workshop will provide the history of the construction of race, a key component in driving these inequities. The goal of this workshop is to help participants understand why these inequities exist, so we can do something about them. Participants will develop shared language for how to discuss these issues and interrogate the intricate relationship between race and institutional outcomes. This workshop will be challenging as participants will be invited to examine the ways in which they have interacted with race on internalized, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic levels. 

Workshop #2

Foundations of Internalized Racism

November 11, 2020, 4-6 p.m. Please check back for the recording of this event.

This session will help participants understand why power dynamics exist amongst racial identities. As a follow up to the historical context set in Racial Equity 101, this session will guide participants in assessing the impact of race on individual socialization and exam our role and agency.

This workshop will foster collective understanding of the implications of race, assess the ways we unintentionally uphold these dynamics in our policies, practices, organizational culture, partnerships, funding, decision-making, etc. This session will help participants create change, building a learning community grounded in vulnerability and trust that allows the collective to reflect, strategize and change. 

Workshop #3

Recruitment & Hiring for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/Social Identities & Intersectionality

January 13, 2021, 4-6 p.m.

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This workshop will cover two major themes. The first, recruiting and hiring, will focus on how to attract a diverse candidate pool and cultivate a dynamic team. Participants will learn how to objectively evaluate current hiring, recruitment, evaluation, and staff development practices and strategies. The second theme is developing an inclusive organizational culture to help retain the members of your dynamic team. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how our identities can compound privilege and oppression, and we will reflect on pathways for organizational cultural shift. 

Question or Suggestions?

Beyond these workshops, all of us at the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion for the long-term. If you have questions or ideas, please don’t hesitate to reach out. This is incredibly important to us, and we would love to hear from you.

Caitlin Williamson

Caitlin Williamson

Director of Conservation Programs

(608) 409-3109

Cait oversees the Foundation’s grant programs and initiatives for conservation and environmental education, ensuring that our investments are science-based, strategic, and impactful. Cait’s work encompasses conservation science and planning, partnership development and capacity building.

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