Grappling with Unconscious Bias for More Inclusive Water Protection and Restoration (DEI Webinar Series, Part 2 of 2)

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017

Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern Time

Free Registration:

Presenters: The Avarna Group

This River Network webinar, sponsored by the the Urban Waters Learning Network and the Kresge Foundation, is the second in a two-part series. 

Building on the June 1 webinar on Relevancy, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (part one of a two-part series), this interactive 90-minute session will explore the concept of unconscious bias and how it prevents us from doing our best diversity, equity, and inclusion work. The presenters will examine bias through three lenses:

  • our individual thoughts and actions;
  • our organizational policies, practices, procedures, and programs;
  • the water conservation and environmental sectors.


For each lens, presenters will provide examples of how bias manifests and ways to mitigate it. Participants will be introduced to a framework they can use to begin exploring unconscious bias as well as some tips on how to begin mitigating and interrupting bias.

We live in a society that is increasingly diverse. Nearly 40% of the US population are people of color, and predictions suggest that by the mid-2040s, non-whites and people of mixed-race will be a majority of the population. To remain socially relevant, environmental organizations should reflect the diversity of society as a whole, requiring us to reform our institutions from the inside as well as our approach to river protection and restoration work. This two-part DEI webinar series is designed to support local river and watershed organizations wrestling with the question of how to become more diverse organizations working toward more equitable solutions to water challenges.

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