The Kansas City Conservation Equity Network (KCCEN) connects, inspires, and empowers the conservation community in the Kansas City region to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in all our work. It all started in 2017, when a group of organizations asked, “How can we bring diversity, equity, and inclusion to the forefront of the conservation community?” Thus began the slow unfurling of DEI leaves across a number of organizations.
Since forming, KCCEN and its partner groups have taken formative steps to engage the environmental community and educate ourselves to advance DEI among our members. We have convened small groups, hosted workshops specific to our member needs and begun much new work on ourselves and in our organizations to diversify, advance equity in the region, and become more inclusive.
You are invited to join us for our next event, “A Roundtable Discussion on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Conservation”. We have developed a safe space in which to operate and advance this work and will get together virtually
Friday, October 23rd, 11 am – 12:30 pm Central Time to take our next steps.
We will be discussing,
- “How do we define Equitable Conservation?”
- “How and what are you and your organization doing to advance DEI?”
You may have already taken steps in programming and outreach or started changing your structural frameworks. You may have just started by reading a book or evaluating your own positions. Regardless, we all have a long road before us, but with our Network partners we have gained insight and ideas to help us advance this work by coming together – and working together!
If you think you could benefit from this gathering, take a minute to RSVP. We can’t wait to make a difference together!