Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is Important to Us
Conservation Legacy is committed to our mission creating “a legacy of healthy lands, air and water; thriving people and resilient communities.” We strive to represent diversity and inclusiveness and we join in a shared vision with a commitment to action. We create communications and marketing representative of a broad range of identities and perspectives; implement DEI workshops and trainings; and hold ourselves accountable with demographic data to ensure we increase representation and retain historically underrepresented populations. We value the unique capabilities, experiences, and identities each employee and member contribute to our organization. Conservation Legacy also recognizes past inequities in the history of our public lands. We are addressing these inequities, so the conservation world of the future leaves a legacy of inclusion where diversity of all kind is visible, embraced and celebrated.
The DEI Strategic Planning Committee is a 12-member group of staff selected from a variety of different position levels, roles, backgrounds, and experience within Conservation Legacy. The DEI Strategic Plan Committee leads direction and data collection, identifies priorities for program implementation and creates a robust communication plan to achieve Conservation Legacy’s goal to fully embrace diverse voices and backgrounds. This DEI strategic plan committee is separate and different in scope than the Diversity Team, however some members may serve in both groups and the committee is led by the Director of Diversity and Recruitment.
The committee will provide oversight on the objectives of the 2020-2022 strategic plan:
- Build the staff culture needed to support organization-wide DEI efforts by identifying priority demographics. DEI engagement indicators and DEI-related policies/practices that will be targeted by March 2020
- Create staffing and board structures that promote an active voice of DEI at all level of the organization by March 2021
- Develop and implement a robust talent recruitment & development process across Conservation Legacy that increases diversified recruitment and retention of staff and members by 2022
- Implement policies and practices within Conservation Legacy to promote greater engagement for all represented populations by 2021
The Diversity Team was founded in August 2019 out of a desire amongst staff to focus on DEI initiatives throughout the organization. In January 2020, when Shirena Trujillo Long joined Conservation Legacy as the organization’s first Director of Diversity and Recruitment, the Diversity Team was able to envision how they could effectively work together for the organization’s larger inclusion goals.
The initial team of 10 has grown to 20+ staff. The group meets monthly, fostering an intentional space to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion and to plan action steps from the grassroots level. Diversity Team's main objective:
The Conservation Legacy Diversity Team envisions an organization that is a beacon and safe space for all individuals. The anxiety, uncertainty, or fear some people may feel regarding DEI is replaced by the desire to grow, educate themselves, and keep one another accountable, all while honoring and upholding the space to make mistakes and learn from them.
In tandem with the Director of Diversity and Recruitment, the team will foster an intentional space to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Diversity Team will be a resource, sounding board, and advisory body for DEI matters, working to brainstorm solutions, answer questions, and collaborate on new initiatives.
We are looking forward to continuing the internal work that we have all committed to in order to recognize our own privileges and prejudices as we work towards our best, most inclusive selves.
Conservation Legacy is committed to equal access to programs, facilities, and employment for all persons. It is the policy of Conservation Legacy to maintain an environment free of harassment and discrimination against any person based on age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, military service, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, genetic information or political ideas. Discriminatory conduct and harassment, as well as sexual misconduct and relationship violence, violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the achievement of Conservation Legacy’s mission, and will not be tolerated.
How DEI is part of our everyday goals
Videos - Diversity in Action
Check out the videos below to learn more about what diversity in action looks like for Conservation Legacy. See more videos on our YouTube channel!
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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Contact
Shirena Trujillo Long (she/her), Director of Diversity and Recruitment