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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

With a plurality of voices, we will inspire more people and protect more birds and the places we all need.
High school students birding at Lost Maples State Natural Area during a week-long outdoor Conservation Trek hosted by Trinity River 探花精选 Center. Photo: Luke Franke/探花精选

We are better together.

Protecting and conserving nature and the environment transcends political, cultural, and social boundaries. Respect, inclusion, and opportunity for people of all backgrounds, lifestyles, and perspectives will attract the best ideas and harness the greatest passion to shape a healthier, more vibrant future for all of us who share our planet.

探花精选 in Communities Across the Hemisphere
Meet the EDIB Team

Lisette Martinez

Chief Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer (she/her/ella)

Robert Harris

Director, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (he/him/his)

A headshot of Laura Aguirre

Laura Aguirre

Program Manager, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (she/her/hers)

Nadia T. Rodriguez

Program Manager, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (she/her/hers and they/them/theirs)

Learn more about pronouns and why we're including them in our bios .

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at 探花精选

A photo of a bird perching on a thin branch with greenery on it, clamping down with its beak on two orange and white winged bugs.
Community as a Cornerstone of Conservation
July 19, 2023 — Mitchell Lake 探花精选 Center and Latino Outdoors support community-centered conservation in San Antonio.
For the Community, From the Community: A Conversation with Marcos Trinidad
January 10, 2023 — Trinidad鈥攃enter director at 探花精选 Debs Park in Los Angeles鈥攕poke with us about his roots in LA, his work making the outdoors more inclusive, and his new podcast Human/Nature.
Trust Indigenous Land Stewards to Lead on Global Conservation
December 16, 2022 — Canada鈥檚 Indigenous-led conservation initiatives are model solutions for protecting biodiversity
Flying Together Takes Us Further
October 27, 2022 — We need to erase national borders to achieve solutions with hemispheric impact, and join forces to obtain funds that allow for sustainability. More action and less rhetoric in the fight against climate change.
Mar铆a Gabriela N煤帽ez Montellano holds a White-fronted Woodpecker, a small black and white bird with a long beak.
Systemic Barriers Hinder Bird Research, Say 124 Latin American Ornithologists
October 17, 2022 — A new preprint from scientists across the region asserts that advances in neotropical ornithology will require a stronger commitment to inclusion.

Culture at 探花精选

Affinity Groups

探花精选's Affinity Groups are employee-led groups based on shared characteristics,鈥痚xperiences, goals or interests. They鈥痗reate dynamic, safe spaces to build鈥痗ommunity, facilitate personal and professional鈥痙evelopment, raise awareness of important issues, and鈥痚ffect change 鈥 to ensure individuals from all identities thrive鈥痑t 探花精选.鈥交ň's Affinity Groups include the Access Affinity Group, Alianza Latina Affinity Group, Allyship Affinity Group, Black Affinity Group, Caretakers Affinity Group, Community Service Affinity Group, Early Career Professionals Affinity Group (ECPAG), People of Color (POC)鈥疉ffinity Group, LGBTQIA++ (Queer) Affinity鈥疓roup, and Women's Employee Resource Group (WERG).

Gender Equity and Inclusion

探花精选 is committed to cultivating a community workplace that is free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, where鈥痑ll of鈥痮ur flock鈥痜eels welcome and seen. To that end, we implemented a voluntary initiative for employeesstraight and cisgender, and LGBTQIA+ aliketo proactively share their pronouns in email signatures and interactions to create a more affirming workspace. We also have a suite of policies and materials to help support transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming staff members before, during, and after their transition while working for 探花精选. These policies also outline the obligations of 探花精选鈥檚 Human Resources department, supervisors, and other staff and provide guidance and resources to all employees to support our colleagues during their gender transition.

Building the Future Now

Are you passionate about environmental and climate justice and conservation?聽We want to work with you! Check our聽careers page聽for information and links to our many opportunities, including full-time and part-time work,聽paid fellowships,聽and paid internships.

Career, Fellowship, and Community Science Opportunities

Across the country 探花精选 is helping create the movement of the future.鈥

Careers: If you share our vision of an equitable and diverse conservation movement that provides a deep sense of belonging for all, we want to work with you. To see and apply for our open positions,鈥痗heck our .

Fellowships: Our fellowship initiative is one facet of the organization's鈥痗ommitment to developing the next generation of leaders.鈥交ň fellows are leaders-in-training鈥痠n the disciplines of environmental communications, conservation education, field organizing, field biology, public鈥痯olicy, geospatial information systems, and much more.鈥疶o learn more about聽探花精选 fellowships,鈥痗heck our fellowships page and then head to our careers page.

Community Science: As part of 探花精选鈥檚 commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging we have transitioned from using the term 鈥渃itizen science鈥 to the more inclusive term 鈥渃ommunity science.鈥 No matter where a volunteer was born, or how they came to the United States, we value their contribution to our science and conservation programs.鈥疶o learn more about our community science opportunities, visit our community聽science page.听

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
At 探花精选, the Outdoors is for Everyone

探花精选 welcomes everyone who finds delight in birds and nature. No matter where a volunteer was born, or how they came to the United States, we value their contribution to our science and conservation programs.听