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DEI webinar series: Grappling with Unconscious Bias for More Inclusive Water Protection and Restoration (part 2 of 2)

June 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT


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


Join this River Network webinar, the second in a 2-part series.  This interactive 90-minute session will build on the first webinar, which will be recorded and available for viewing before June 1st. Session 2 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: (1) our individual thoughts and actions; (2) within our organizational policies, practices, procedures, and programs; (3) in 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.

This 2-part DEI webinar series is designed to support local river and watershed organizations wrestling with the question of how they can become more diverse organizations working toward more equitable solutions to their water challenges.  Our work to protect and restore the rivers and other waters exists within the context of a society that is increasingly diverse. Nearly 40% of the U.S. 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 our population. To remain socially relevant, River Network believes that our organizations should reflect the diversity of society as a whole, requiring us to both reform our institutions from the inside and our approach to our river protection and restoration work.

This webinar will be presented by staff of the Avarna Group and is sponsored by the Urban Waters Learning Network and the Kresge Foundation. It is free of charge. If you have any questions, please contact .



June 1, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm