Inclusion, Equity, & Diversity
I strive to incorporate equitable practices into all aspects of my life, and have taken specific actions to do so in the conservation community and on college campuses. Below are some examples of the advocacy work I have participated in.
PARC Inclusion, Equity, & Diversity Task Team (IEDTT)
I'm currently co-chair of the IEDTT, which launched in Fall 2017. Since its formation, the IEDTT has hit the ground running with 3 initial projects: (1) collecting and managing data to assess diversity and inclusion at PARC regional meetings; (2) developing a presentation on diversity for regional meetings; and (3) creating an official diversity statement for the PARC national organization. We also have plans to provide online diversity resources to the PARC network, and to facilitate outreach and training efforts in local communities. If you’re interested in joining the team, email Diversity@parcplace.org.
lgbtq+ advocacy training
I have several years of experience facilitating 3-hr LGBTQ+ allyship and advocacy trainings for UMD's LGBT Equity Center, and hope to develop similar programs for other institutions.
trans advocacy training
I also facilitated 3-hr trainings focused on the fundamentals of transgender and gender variant issues for UMD's LGBT Equity Center.
Lavender Leadership at UMD
In 2015, I attended UMD's Lavender Leadership Retreat, which focused on building leadership skills to facilitate conversations in LGBTQ+ campus communities and to create and sustain strong LGBTQ+ student organizations on campus.
Following the retreat, I was inducted into UMD's Lavender Leadership Honor Society, which celebrates and develops leadership for LGBTQ+ social justice.