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DEIJ in Action Guide Webinar - Shared screen with speaker view
Ben ALEXANDRO
32:24
the link goes to the guide: https://cbtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/CB-Watershed-DEIJ-Guide_May-2019.pdf
Kristin Reilly
36:25
Yay! Mariah is here!
Bre'Anna Brooks (She/Her)
45:59
Thanks, Ben :)
Susan Casey
52:01
I'm excited about this guide! Can't wait to dig into it. Thank you!!! It's much needed for the MD Commission on Climate Change's Education, Communication and Outreach work group interaction with the Maryland Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities (CEJSC).
Susan Casey
53:12
Love "listen with grace!" Very nice.
Melissa Ehrenreich
53:20
If you are not failing, you are not learning. Listening with Grae, Eliza, for sure.
Bre'Anna Brooks (She/Her)
54:06
Adding to "Norm Setting List": Listen with Grace
Marco Sanchez
01:04:08
I agree! We were surprised by our Board’s interest in this work
Anna Awimbo
01:10:00
Great point about shifting to all paid positions!
Tali MacArthur
01:10:36
Loved the point about staff synergy increasing as the staff become more diverse!
Kristin Reilly
01:11:23
If folks have questions come up during the presentation, feel free to add them into the chat and I will add them to our list for the Q&A!
Leanna Powell
01:12:02
I appreciated John naming racism specifically as part of their journey; I'm curious why specific systems of oppression aren't named in this guide?
Leanna Powell
01:13:31
(unless I missed them!) Just feel like it's important to say specifically that they are real
Kristin Reilly
01:13:53
Thanks, Leanna!
Emily Bialowas
01:14:15
how can we move forward on DEIJ work if the board (and membership of organization) don't view it as a priority?
Michael Mehrazar
01:14:39
I'm curious what roles you think hiring an outside consultant plays in this work? Anything positive to look for? Anything negative to watch out for?
Leanna Powell
01:17:46
That's awesome, thanks Mariah!
diana toledo (she/her)
01:17:53
Thank you Eliza - super important for us to consider that, if we're white leaders in our orgs
Jamie Baxter
01:21:32
I also think the guide reflects where we collectively stood in the journey at that time and agree, future versions or perhaps complementary efforts should call out anti-racism and shine a light on the systemic bias that exists in the community that ultimate need to shift for real progress to occur. Thanks for that question!
Leanna Powell
01:23:05
I'm so excited about the future growth of this guide and totally recognize that perfectionism is a token of white supremacist culture :)
Anna Awimbo
01:23:39
A great database of all environmental group statements is here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kfR3581vV69uPXDmOQoyWZUkoEGv7JgK/view
Emmalee Aman - Potomac Conservancy
01:24:14
This is an excellent guide on "Collective Liberation" and covers a variety of systems of oppression as well as how to move toward collective liberation where we are all free from those systems of oppression: https://peopleandplanet.org/system/files/resources/Collective%20Liberation%20Guide%20for%20upload.pdf
Joe Toolan (He/Him)
01:24:43
Anna, this list is great, thanks for sharing!
Bre'Anna Brooks (She/Her)
01:24:53
Love the sharing of resources in the chat!
Kristin Reilly
01:25:21
You can find more resources on the Coalition's website: https://www.choosecleanwater.org/our-commitment-to-deij
Sarah Richardson
01:27:57
Tagging on to Emily Bialowas’ question - I’m on the board of a regional land trust that could not reach a consensus on a DEIJ statement because some board members thought it was mission creep, as if it was something separate from our work. I’m at a loss as to how to address that. Hoping the Guide will give me some tools to do so.
diana toledo (she/her)
01:30:03
@Sarah, our organization incorporated field trips and educational opps as part of our Board meetings for a couple years - designed to help make the connection between DEIJ and our work. That education was instrumental in getting everyone on the same page to understand how issues of DEIJ are foundational to our mission
Michael Mehrazar
01:32:58
Thank you for addressing my question Kacey!
Kristin Reilly
01:33:25
Michael, the Coalition has a list of consultant on our website: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/1QRy3u7DolrXeeO9uwgkcwXdoiX35kVisqFghoTfOVO4/edit?usp=sharing
Kristin Reilly
01:33:37
we can't speak to all of them, but it is a good place to start!
Michael Mehrazar
01:34:01
Thanks Kristin! We've certainly utilized that great list in our consultant search!
John Dawes
01:34:09
Awesome resource!
Nancy Stoner
01:34:22
Are there resources for hiring as well as for training?
diana toledo (she/her)
01:35:13
@Michael Mehrazar, we've found it helpful to work w. an external consultant to facilitate difficult internal discussions related to internal culture and white dominant cultural traits. Helps cut through some of the power dynamics that can get in the way of honest exchanges.
Michael Mehrazar
01:36:21
Thank you @diana!
Kristin Reilly
01:36:27
I second Diana's statement!
Trystan Sill (she/her)
01:37:20
I don't under Gabi...are you saying the voice of which your statement is written "others" people or that the list doesn't include white men?
Gabrielle Roffe
01:39:09
That we didn't want it written as "others" as that centers the voice of white men. Thanks for asking that clarification Trystan!
Trystan Sill (she/her)
01:40:05
ty!
Eliza Smith Steinmeier
01:40:10
@sarah: it may be helpful to discuss with the Board that JEDI is important to supporters like donors, foundations as well as potential hires. Maybe mention the interest in this webinar? Outside pressure isn't the greatest motivator, but it at least a place to start a conversation. Discuss why JEDI might be important to these groups of people.
Darran Tilghman
01:40:17
@Sarah, these words Wendell Berry wrote in 1969 have been guiding our work at ShoreRivers in the past year, and they resonated with our board:"The movement to preserve the environment [is] not a digression from the civil rights and peace movements, but the logical culmination of those movements. For I believe that the separation of these three problems is artificial. They have the same cause, and that is the mentality of greed and exploitation. The mentality that exploits and destroys the natural environment is the same that abuses racial and economic minorities. …The mentality that destroys a watershed and then panics at the threat of flood is the same mentality that gives institutionalized insult to black people and then panics at the prospect of race riots. …We would be fools to think we could solve any one of these problems without solving the others."
Nancy Stoner
01:42:09
I love the Wendell Berry quote. Fantastic!
Michael Mehrazar - he/him
01:42:25
Thank you for sharing the quote @Darran
Trystan Sill (she/her)
01:45:54
i'm hearing a lot of groups that have boards who make their decision/act as leadership. any suggestions for others who don't have regular transition of leadership?
Kate Fritz (she/her) - Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
01:48:55
GREAT point Gabi, thanks. This is forward looking work.
Joe Toolan (He/Him)
01:50:09
Thanks to everyone! This was great!!
Brook Lenker
01:50:13
Thanks Mariah and all the presenters!
Michael Mehrazar - he/him
01:50:15
Thanks everyone!
Leanna Powell
01:50:16
Thanks everyone! This was fantastic
Susan Stephenson
01:50:24
Thanks all. Wonderful session.
Tanner Haid
01:50:27
Thanks!
Maggie Ostdahl
01:50:28
thank you!
diana toledo (she/her)
01:50:29
Thank you all for sharing and hosting
Shante Toledo (she/her)
01:50:30
Thank you!
Emmalee Aman - Potomac Conservancy
01:50:31
Thank you so much Mariah, Bre'Anna, all the organizers, and panelists!
Maggi Blomstrom
01:50:32
Many thanks!
Kate Fritz (she/her) - Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
01:50:33
Thank you all!
Kelly O'Neill
01:50:38
thanks so much for a very informative discussion!
Emily Harris
01:50:40
Thank you all, great job!!
Tali MacArthur
01:50:47
Thanks everyone.
Sarah Richardson
01:50:50
Great webinar, thanks.
Jess Blackburn (she/her)
01:50:54
I would appreciate more info on the best practices for DEIJ trainings.
Ben ALEXANDRO
01:51:09
will there be minutes?
Jess Blackburn (she/her)
01:51:12
Thanks for the good conversation
Gabrielle Roffe
01:51:21
groffe@chesapeakeconservancy.org