As the composition of our nation continues to diversify, the conservation movement must include the voices of people who aren’t traditionally “included” in conservation conversations. While the conservation movement has been working on diversity efforts for decades, the percentage of people of color on the boards or staff of land trusts is minimal and retention rates are low.This session will examine how race, class and gender has influenced the U.S. conservation movement and how to move forward in a manner that proactively changes the landscape. Our intent for this workshop is to spur a meaningful conversation about how the land trust community can take the steps to diversify at all levels, including within the Land Trust Alliance, at the local level and through engaging community partners. All participants will leave with a list of resources, which will provide them with tools to learn more about the importance of diversity in the environmental movement and how to bring about change. This workshop will be led by members of “Conservationists of Color,” a robust organization comprised of people of color working within the conservation movement and allies committed to equity and change.
Session Level: Basic Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center