The Lawrence Hall of Science and Justice Outside (formerly Youth Outside) are proud to launch a new 2-year series, Working Toward Racial Equity, which will support environmental and outdoor science organizations to build capacity to foster equitable, inclusive, and culturally relevant work environments and organizations.
Participating organizations will engage in a 5-month series of intensive workshops, and then receive ongoing assistance and support for another 19 months, for a total of two years of support. The workshop series will be organized into two strands: one focused on organizational systems change and one focused on supporting professionals of color at participating organizations. Our first cohort will begin this Fall, and continue through the Summer of 2023. We are pleased to introduce the ten organizations that were selected to participate in the first cohort of the Working Toward Racial Equity workshop series.
We also want to thank the other organizations that applied. We received over 40 applications – four times as many applications as we are able to accept. This passion and hunger for centering equity and cultural relevance in our field is truly heartening. Our second cohort begins in the spring of 2022, and we will be recruiting for that second cohort in August 2021. You can read more about the second cohort, and preview the application questions on the Working Toward Racial Equity webpage.
We’re thrilled to be working with organizations diverse in location, size, and programming. We received applications from many kinds of outdoor science organizations, including those dedicated to outdoor learning, environmental justice, environmental science, environmental literacy, youth development, and community development. Meet the organizations and learn more below.
Working Toward Racial Equity – Organizations in our Fall Cohort
- Audubon Canyon Ranch, Stinson Beach, CA
- Austin Youth River Watch, Austin, TX
- Canyonlands Field Institute, Moab, UT
- Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Townsend, TN
- Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, Santa Rosa, CA
- Life Lab, Santa Cruz, CA
- NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, United States
- Pacific Whale Foundation, Wailuku, HI
- The Watershed Project, Richmond, CA
- Tracy Aviary, Salt Lake City, UT
This workshop series is co-designed and co-facilitated by The Lawrence Hall of Science and Justice Outside. It will be evaluated by Informing Change, an external evaluator in Berkeley, CA. It is part of a multi-year research study led by the Research and Impact Group at The Lawrence Hall of Science.
The Working Towards Racial Equity Workshop Series is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2005829. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.