Protecting biological diversity is a key part of in Cal-IPC’s mission. Protecting cultural and intellectual diversity is important to our success as well. Achieving our conservation goals requires participation across all communities in California. We want to help ensure that the demographics of people who actively engage in land management efforts mirrors the changing demographics of people who live in this state.
Cal-IPC Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
The California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) works to protect California’s environment and economy from invasive plants. We do this work on behalf of all Californians, and our success depends on engaging people from many backgrounds and communities. Successful conservation relies on partnerships that include all Californians regardless of ethnicity, race, age, ability, language, gender identity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, economic situation, or political affiliation.
Equity can be defined as fair treatment and opportunity for all people while addressing root causes of societal disparities and injustices. Diversity is all the ways in which people differ, such as individual characteristics and background. And inclusion means creating environments and employing practices which ensure that any individual or group is and feels welcome to fully participate. (Definitions adapted from independentsector.org). Integrating principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) into our work is essential to Cal-IPC’s success, and we commit to putting EDI principles into action in all aspects of our work. Below, we outline our initial strategies for beginning this process.
- Cal-IPC will create an EDI committee comprising board members, staff and diverse interested partners to facilitate integration of EDI into all aspects of our work.
- Cal-IPC will include its members in guiding this effort.
- Cal-IPC will create an organizational EDI Action Plan that delineates specific actions to be taken.
- Cal-IPC will incorporate inclusive language into written and oral communications and materials.
- Cal-IPC will design new programs, and reassess current ones, to ensure that they equitably and inclusively work with a diverse range of communities.
- Cal-IPC will set a positive example and aim to be a leader in EDI within our membership and the broader conservation community.
- Cal-IPC will use its communications – including its newsletter, social media and Symposium – to open dialog and share EDI information and success stories.
- Cal-IPC will incorporate EDI best practices in recruitment, hiring and retention and will foster an inclusive workplace.
- Cal-IPC will work to empower individuals to provide feedback to each other in a constructive and respectful manner.
- Cal-IPC will spend funds to support this work as needed.
2019 End-of-Year Report from the Cal-IPC EDI working group
- A two-page insert in the program packet on inclusivity at the Symposium and our EDI Statement.
- $500 travel awards for five underrepresented professionals to attend the full Symposium
- Day passes for thirteen Conservation Corpsmembers from four local chapters to attend the Symposium and an early career panel lunch discussion
- Diversified early career panel representing professionals from traditional and nontraditional pathways from the conservation field
- Gender-neutral bathroom options
- Gender pronoun stickers for name badges
- Secured on-site lactation space (utilized by three attendees throughout the Symposium)
- Designated relaxation room
- Menu items suiting a range of dietary needs
- Fragrance-free soap in restrooms to protect those with multiple chemical sensitivity
- A collaborative EDI discussion group on “equity, diversity and inclusion in the conservation field” with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy staff who have been on their organization’s EDI committee for several years
2019 Cal-IPC Workshop Travel Award for Underrepresented Professionals
Cal-IPC offered five $500 travel awards to conservation and land management professionals from underrepresented backgrounds to participate in our “Planning Invasive Plant Management” Training Workshop at the Cal-IPC Symposium on October 15, 2019 in Riverside, California. This half-day workshop will provide attendees from across California with the tools to plan effective invasive plant management that can be brought back and utilized in their organizations. This award covers travel costs and incidentals up to $500 to attend the Training Workshop. Congratulations to our winners: Cassie Corridoni (Americorps, Northern Buttes CA State Parks), Sean Davis (Pt Reyes Natl Seashore), Roxana Lucero (Save Mt. Diablo), Luciana Luna – Mendoza (Grupo de Ecologia y Conservacion de Islas, A.C.), and Tania Romero (Audubon at Debs Park).
EDI resources for conservation
Extensive resources exist online for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Below is a small selection. Find more online in our Google resources spreadsheet for EDI.
- Green 2.0 – Formerly the Green Diversity Initiative, includes “The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations,” July 2014 report
- Green 2.0 – “Leaking Talent -How People of Color are Pushed Out Of Environmental Organizations,” June 2019 report
- “Diversity in Environmental Organizations: Reporting and Transparency,” January 2018 report from University of Michigan
- Fire Adapted Communities Network – “I Am Aware. I Am An Active Bystander,” September 2019
- California Outdoor Engagement Coalition
- The Center for Diversity & the Environment (professional organization)
- Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (professional organization)
- Diverse Environmental Leaders: National Speakers Bureau
- Environmental Educators of Color (Facebook Group)
- Literacy for Environmental Justice
- Minorities in Agriculture and Natural Resources & Related Sciences
- Good to Great and the Social Sectors by Jim Collins (book on how to create unity while meeting mission)
- Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Our National Parks, National Forests, and Other Public Lands and Waters, President Barack Obama’s January 2017 Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies
- Faculty website for Nina S. Roberts, Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at San Francisco State University, and Director of the University’s Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. (Interviewed in the Summer 2018 Dispatch