DEI Toolkit 4: Partnerships and Community Engagement

About the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Toolkit
Activating and fully integrating your organization’s values for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) will increase your organizational resilience, promote more ethical community partnerships, and increase your reputability and leadership in the field. Our 7-part DEI toolkit series provides frameworks and guidance so you can thoughtfully address historic inequities while building better practices and increasing your organization’s ability to work for a just and healthy world everyone can enjoy. 

Each toolkit is themed for accessibility and ease of use. You’ll find webinars, workshops, guides, templates, and activities to increase your organization’s readiness, competency, and capacity for diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all components of your work. 

TREC is committed to growing our offerings through these toolkits, so please check back in for new additions throughout the year.  

DEI Toolkit 4: Partnerships and Community Engagement provides guidance for developing ethical partnerships, particularly with Indigenous communities, and navigating disagreements or challenges in the community without backtracking on your DEI values. 

Toolkit Resources

Staying True to Your Values While Reaching Across the Divide

How do you pursue relationships with people and individuals whose values don't align with your own? And what do you do if their values are contradictory to your diversity, equity, and inclusion values? Join the Avarna Group as we lay out some guiding questions that will allow you to determine how to move forward with these relationships without compromising diversity, equity, and inclusion values.

Effective Community and Stakeholder Engagement

How can you more effectively engage traditionally under-engaged communities and stakeholders in conservation management decision-making processes? Join The Avarna Group as they lay out some strategies from their forthcoming Community and Stakeholder Engagement Strategies toolkit (copublished by The Wilderness Society). The webinar will go through various strategies within the cycle of stakeholder engagement.

Improving your Partnerships with US Indigenous Communities

Native American, or Indigenous lands, are the basis of the United States' beautiful landscapes worthy of protection. This webinar will address "better" practices on how to talk with Indigenous communities about conservation and land protection as allies and partners. "Best" practices imply that there is a single way and best way to do this; however, better practices include addressing the failures of the past, challenges of the present, and future considerations of land management, traditional knowledge, and meaningful relationships.

De-escalating Conflict

Conservation organizations have faced increasing external conflict and attacks that antagonize their work in a variety of settings (meetings, trainings, offices, public events, traveling). These attempts to interfere, frighten, and damage organizations require de-escalation techniques to safely and effectively protect the people and the organization. This webinar provides skills and tips to address and de-escalate different types of conflict and attacks.

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