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Tuesday, February 18 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
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A Walk in Nature with Non-traditional Audiences 
Alix A. Pedraza, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources created a Diversity Outreach program, expanding opportunities for and participation in SCDNR programs to non-traditional audiences. With “Nature Walks” hosted by the SCDNR Diversity Outreach staff, the department introduces non-traditional audiences (mostly Hispanic) to the wonders and beauty of South Carolina. While walking in nature, participants learn about the agency, the different type of properties, and the wildlife and the history around the state. This presentation will highlight the initial steps taken to create the SCDNR Diversity Outreach Nature Walks, current elements of the program, lessons learned and future growth.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at National Audubon
Julie Wraitmell, Florida Audubon
Audubon was formed out of a grassroots effort to end the persecution of Florida’s wading birds for use in the plume trade. More than a century later, grassroots continue to be at the heart of our work, which makes it that much more important that our community reflects the demographics of the larger American society. While we have a long way to go, Audubon is pursuing equity, diversity and inclusion with great intentionality. Hear about some of our efforts, failures, successes and lessons learned as we work to own and grow a more representative grassroots conservation power.

Understanding Implicit Bias
Dr. Rosezetta Bobo, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Implicit and unconscious biases are in all of us. These unconscious beliefs and attitudes towards others form throughout our lives. These biases apply characteristics and qualities to all members of a group – in essence, stereotyping. They influence how we communicate with those around us. Furthermore, they can impact program development to the point where individuals may feel excluded. In this session, we will learn how to identify implicit biases and how to mitigate against them.

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Julie Wraithmell

Audubon Florida
Julie is Executive Director of Audubon Florida, Florida's oldest statewide conservation organization and the state office of the National Audubon Society. Prior to joining Audubon as a policy associate in 2005, she worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as... Read More →
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Dr. Rosezetta Bobo

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Rosezetta is a nationally recognized expert with over 20 years of experience in mediation, cultural competence, diversity and inclusion, conflict resolution, restorative justice, and community engagement for a diverse range of organizations and community settings.  She has provided... Read More →
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Alix Pedraza

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Alix serves as the Diversity Outreach Manager for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. She holds an Associate Degree in Wildlife Management and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Originally from Colombia, South America, Pedraza facilitates SCDNR communication and education... Read More →

Tuesday February 18, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
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