We also recognize that the environmental field is not always welcoming to people of color. We need the best minds of our generation focused on finding solutions to the problems of climate change, habitat loss, and species extinctions. Therefore, we must take deliberative steps to evaluate how the Laguna Foundation can become more diverse and how we can provide equitable opportunities for communities of color to connect with nature and help us restore a healthy watershed.
We are committed to exploring the issues of racism and the broader concept of diversity within our workplace and our programs through discussions and training with our staff, board, volunteers, and the communities we serve. We seek to expand our awareness and understanding, identify and break down barriers to engagement that may lead to inequities and lack of inclusion, and implement meaningful actions. We will reach out to allies in our communities and organizations who have advanced in this effort, and invite advisors and mentors to guide us. We expect to have difficult and uncomfortable conversations. We are going to make mistakes. But we will not shy away from acting for fear of saying or doing the wrong thing.
We will communicate regularly on our progress through the various stages of this journey to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. We will be sharing more details soon on concrete actions that we can take in the near-term as we continue working to identify additional actions over the long-term.
As a small place-based organization, we embrace the mantra of “think globally, act locally.” In our own way, we will do our best to make a positive, long-lasting impact on our communities throughout the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed. Now is definitely the time.