NYSOEA’s Equity, Access & Inclusion (EAI) Committee is committed to providing educational programming for the NYSOEA membership with the mission to increase diversity, accessibility, equity and inclusion in the field of environmental education.
This committee finds ways to increase the equity, access, and inclusivity of the NYSOEA membership by identifying avenues to bring greater diversity to NYSOEA through speakers, workshops and collaborating with organizations that promote the outdoors to diverse audiences. They also oversee the Brother Yusuf campership program. Committee Goals:
Provide resources and training to better equip educators to lead inclusive environmental education programs.
Build infrastructure through NYSOEA to recruit, accommodate and develop diverse young professionals within the environmental field.
Develop a network of environmental educators to share best practices around increasing equity, access and inclusion within the field.
Set measurable and achievable outcomes for each of the above goals, both qualitative and quantitative, (i.e, number of young professionals, number of events, number of organizations we partner with), to develop a network.
Upcoming Program: Join us for our next Zoom webinar on Tuesday, February 23rd, from 7:00- 8:00 pm. "Re-Frame the Narrative" Join Priya Parrotta, Founder of Music & Earth International as she discusses her personal story as an Indian/Puerto Rican climate activist, writer and musician, her work with students and how she uses her music as a tool for solidarity and environmental activism. Webinar Registration COMING SOON!
White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by: Robin DiAngelo
For White Folks who Teach in the Hood, by: Christopher Emdin
Additional Resource: Reality Pedagogy by Christopher Emdin VIDEO HERE
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, by: J. Drew Lanham
Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Landscape, by: Lauret Savoy
Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, by: Zaretta Hammond
Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors, by: Carolyn Finney
Racism without Racists, by: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Podcast Episodes Code Switch - This podcast is produced by NPR and explores current topics in the news through the lens of systemic racism, housing segregation, and ethnicity.
“Made for You and Me” - an episode that deals with the lack of diversity in the outdoor recreation and organizations that are working to facilitate outdoor experiences for a wider range of Americans.
“It’s Getting (Dangerously) Hot in Here” - this episode examines the disproportionate affects of climate change on communities of color. Hurricane Katrina and extreme heat waves are both discussed through interviews with people who have experienced climate change-related events.