image courtesy of Jansen Niccals (aka "Germs the Artist")
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.
Upcoming Program: Join us for our next Zoom panel on Friday, September 25th from 4:00 - 5:30 pm: "What does being an Environmental Education Partner and Ally look like"? The panelists for this webinar on September 25th are leaders in outdoor education and environmental justice and will speak directly to Allyship & Partnership in our field.
To get to know the panelists, see Susan Hereth's work here, and Taylor Morton's work here. You can learn more about panelist Katina Grays and her 5 year old daughter Seraphina (who is an eager participant in all outdoor adventures!) in a Today Show online feature linked here.
Also -- look for upcoming events that the EAI Committee will be presenting during the Annual Conference in November: a second Speaker Panel and Workshop to discuss what inclusivity in environmental education really looks like, addressing who has been historically excluded from the conversation and how they're changing the narrative.
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.