Presentation Abstract

Puget Sound environmental recovery is a complex, wicked problem, including both ecosystem and human and cultural wellbeing. The Puget Sound Partnership (Partnership) is a small Washington State agency that serves as a backbone organization guiding Puget Sound recovery, coordinating and collaborating with hundreds of partner organizations to accelerate recovery of Puget Sound. Our partner organizations include state and federal agencies, tribes, cities, counties, non-profits, academic institutions, special purpose districts, and many others. In 2018, the Partnership began a journey to better enable and foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice within the agency itself, as well as within the Puget Sound recovery system. As a primarily white organization, the Partnership is broadening our agency awareness and grappling with many challenging questions about what our role is to foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable environmental field. Over the last few years, the Partnership has begun to learn and grow our understanding of cultural competence. Through our presentation and discussion, the Partnership hopes to engage with organizations across the Salish Sea region to share what we have learned and done so far, as well as to increase our understanding and range of approaches for how to meaningfully participate and support social justice issues in Puget Sound ecosystem recovery. This presentation will explore where our journey has taken us so far, and identify the questions we are grappling with as staff and as an organization.

Session Title

Best Practices for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Frameworks for Collaborative Planning within Environmental Groups

Conference Track

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2020 : Online)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

2020_abstractID_5118

Start Date

22-4-2020 12:30 PM

End Date

22-4-2020 2:00 PM

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

Language

English

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A Journey, Not a Destination: An Agency Approach to Incorporate Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Puget Sound environmental recovery is a complex, wicked problem, including both ecosystem and human and cultural wellbeing. The Puget Sound Partnership (Partnership) is a small Washington State agency that serves as a backbone organization guiding Puget Sound recovery, coordinating and collaborating with hundreds of partner organizations to accelerate recovery of Puget Sound. Our partner organizations include state and federal agencies, tribes, cities, counties, non-profits, academic institutions, special purpose districts, and many others. In 2018, the Partnership began a journey to better enable and foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice within the agency itself, as well as within the Puget Sound recovery system. As a primarily white organization, the Partnership is broadening our agency awareness and grappling with many challenging questions about what our role is to foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable environmental field. Over the last few years, the Partnership has begun to learn and grow our understanding of cultural competence. Through our presentation and discussion, the Partnership hopes to engage with organizations across the Salish Sea region to share what we have learned and done so far, as well as to increase our understanding and range of approaches for how to meaningfully participate and support social justice issues in Puget Sound ecosystem recovery. This presentation will explore where our journey has taken us so far, and identify the questions we are grappling with as staff and as an organization.