The gap between societal demographics and non-white professionals in the conservation movement in North America are well documented. For example, approximately 85% of staff at environmental organizations are white. Moreover, people of color are underrepresented at multiple levels: internships, staff positions, leadership positions and board membership. This is in contrast to research demonstrating that people of color are concerned about and support a broad set of environmental issues, including conservation and climate change, at higher rates than white people. As a response many environmental NGOs are trying to attract people of color through diversity measures. However, though often conflated, diversity and inclusion are not the same, and many non-white practitioners do not find their work environment to be inviting or supportive of their identity and/or culture once hired. This session will first feature panelists of non-white racial identities working as conservation professionals, whose personal experiences and perspectives illustrate some of the challenges faced within the predominant conservation framework in the United States. The panelists will then guide critical conversation combining data, personal experience and facilitated discussion. Ultimately, participants will leave with a greater understanding of what is needed to work towards an effective conservation movement, that serves all communities.