Center for Diversity and the Environment
We harness the power of racial and ethnic diversity to transform the U.S. environmental movement by developing leaders, catalyzing change within institutions, and building alliances. CDE’s work focuses on the dual challenge and opportunity we have before us in our efforts to align the environmental movement with an increasingly multicultural and diverse society. The environmental movement, overwhelmingly white in its upper leadership, is lagging behind in its efforts to match our country’s changing demographics and environmental justice demands. This has real and measurable economic, scholastic and health impacts on communities of color, and takes a toll on all of U.S. society. It is our belief that bridging that gap will strengthen our nation and amplify the impact of the movement politically, culturally and financially.
Our theory of change addresses the need to inspire change in three areas — at the individual level, the interpersonal level, and organization and systems-wide level. This is a three-pronged approach to breaking down cultural, systemic and institutional race issues. In all of our training work, we are committed to meeting learners where they are. Our approach is to provide deep education, to engage various learning styles, to model diversity, equity, and inclusion during trainings, to engage participants’ heads as well as hearts, and in the end, to emphasize applying learning to action and next steps. We strive to build coalitions and ensure we are creating meaningful and lasting change in the evolving conversations about the environment, environmental justice and racial equity and inclusion.
Exploring Power, Privilege and Tools for Change
This program is ideal for individuals at the intermediate level who seek to refine and develop their skills of understanding power, privilege and barriers to inclusion at approaching the work.
The training is 3 days in duration that is delivered as an organizational/cohort or an open-enrollment course (people sign up for a course scheduled by CDE). The ideal cohort size is up to 20 people.
This three-day immersion engages environmental leaders with a thirst for bringing their diversity, equity and inclusion change work to the next level. This program is ideal for individuals at the intermediate level of understanding barriers to inclusion and equity, and who seek to refine their skills at approaching the work as well as those who wish to develop new tools for identifying action-based solutions at the movement-wide, organizational, and individual levels.
Key Topic Areas
Participants can expect to go into a deep exploration of their individual lenses and filters, and to bravely examine the role of power and privilege in their lives, their work and in the larger environmental movement.
Participants should expect to come in to EPPTC familiar with foundational diversity work. This means entering the space open, willing, and ready to talk about the personal and systemic implications of power and privilege and how they are informed by race and white privilege. Participants should have a genuine desire to deepen their understanding of power and privilege as it plays out in their own lives and in the history of the environmental movement, and from there, be willing to step into sincerity and vulnerability to move the work forward. The EPPTC conversation will go as deep as the assembled participants will let it, and the outcomes will be proportional to the level of openness each person brings.
We will explore equity, diversity and inclusion at the personal, interpersonal and systems levels and work on developing action plans that incorporate change at all three levels. At the personal level we explore:
- Lenses and filters
- Implicit bias
- Internalized oppression and superiority
- Stress responses to racism
- Emotional intelligence
- Personal “why’s” (why equity, diversity and inclusion is important to them)
At the interpersonal and organization levels we explore:
- Relationships and teams
- Managing for equity, diversity and inclusion
- White supremacy culture
- Understanding environmental movement’s history and intersection with race
- Change process
- Develop organizational “why’s” – (why equity, diversity and inclusion is important to
- their organization - organizational rationale)
- Develop action plans
Service Dates and Locations
- Organizational Training Dates: Availability between Jan 2019 and August 2019
- Open enrollment dates: (estimated)
- March 12, 13, 14 – 2019: 3- day in-person workshop 9 – 5 each day
- April 16, 17, 18 – 2019: 3- day in-person workshop 9 – 5 each day
- Where: Portland, Oregon
This program is ideal for individuals at the intermediate level of understanding barriers to inclusion and equity, and for those who wish to develop new skills for identifying action-based solutions at the movement-wide, organizational, and individual levels. Intermediate skills include: self-awareness; a comfort with basic vocabulary in conversations about race, privilege and power; an understanding of inclusive/exclusive behaviors; a developed personal “why” for equity, diversity and inclusion; curiosity; compassion and a willingness to stretch and change.
EPPTC is for organizations that are engaged in systemic transformation and are building capacity in change agents and leaders. This course is meant to be a springboard to strategic leadership in equity, diversity and inclusion within organization.
- Prework for participants varies between 2 hours and 4 hours
- Workshop: 3-day session (9-5); overnight retreats will add 1-4 hours in the evening for training and community-building time.
- If attending an open-enrollment training, there will need to be time to manage logistics and this can vary between people from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
- If coordinating a retreat, managing registrants, logistics, travel, food, and materials the time can vary between 4 – 16 hours.