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 4-month series of intensive workshops, and then receive ongoing assistance and support for another 20 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.
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 Spring Cohort
- Camp Fire Alaska, Anchorage, AK
- Get Outdoors Leadville!, Leadville, CO
- Hudson River Community Sailing, New York, NY
- IslandWood, Bainbridge Island, WA
- Mass Audubon, Lincoln, MA
- Outdoor Outreach, San Diego, CA
- Seattle Aquarium, Seattle, WA
- University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School, McCall, ID
- Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserves, Mono County/Santa Barbara, CA
- Wagner Free Institute of Science, Philadelphia, PA
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.