DEI – Diversity is the presence of differences
Equity is promoting justice, impartiality and fairness
Inclusion ensuring those that are diverse actually feel
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Webinar: Beyond Diversity – Organizational Culture & Systems of Change

Presented on Wednesday, December 13th, 2 – 3 pm ET

In our endeavors to “’diversify’ our teams” and thus increase recruitment and retention of folks from communities of color, we often overlook the organizational culture that contributes to the systems that uphold barriers to accessibility, inclusion, equity, and justice. This webinar unpacked and addressed the organizational culture that frequently contributes to hidden values, expectations, and practices that ultimately inform organizational priorities and actions. During the presentation, we collectively identify the mechanisms and tools available to dismantle and disengage from systems that uphold barriers to access, inclusion, equity, and justice. Ultimately, we increased our familiarity with diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles and identified how shifting behaviors and expectations can yield a more welcoming and inclusive team culture.

Here are the links to the recording and other materials from the mentioned during the webinar.

Ashleyann Perez Rivera (she/her/hers) is a Digital Media Ranger at the National Wildlife Refuge System Headquarters’ Branch of Communications and Digital Services. Ashleyann supports the NWRS team with strategic communications, coordinating with partners like the Public Lands Alliance on rebranding, creating, and supporting with internal communication and use of the NWRS SharePoint, contributing to social media, and co-leads the Multilingual Accessibility Community of Practice.

Prior to her role at the Service, she worked at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as a Marine and Coastal Programs Coordinator. In 2017, she worked with the Urban Wildlife Conservation Programs as a fellow in the Hispanic Access Foundation’s MANO Project. 

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Engaging Local Communities

people looking into a butterfly net

Thank you to all the Friends and Service members who attended the webinar, Engaging Local Communities. Below is the link to the recording.

We would like to thank the amazing and knowledgeable presenters Angelina Yost, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Coordinator for the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, and Angie Horn National Wildlife Refuge Association, SoCal Regional Refuge Partnership Specialist.

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