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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

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Friday, April 21 • 9:45am - 11:45am
Grappling with Bias for More Inclusive Youth Programs FULL
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In this workshop, participants will be able to define and distinguish between diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competence. Participants will then learn how unconscious bias may impede our efforts to be inclusive of youth from different backgrounds. We examine ways that bias manifests in three lenses: (1) our individual thoughts and actions; (2) within our organizations; and (3) in the outdoor and youth development sectors as a whole. Using activities and scenarios, we introduce and practice using tools for mitigating and interrupting bias in ourselves and challenging bias in others and within our organizations' poicies, programs, and procedures. Participants will leave with new language and concepts, as well as concrete examples of how bias could negatively impact the work they do and some ways to navigate bias.

Max Capacity: 20


Ava Holliday

Founding Partner, The Avarna Group
Ava believes in this work because she believes a more sustainable future is dependent on simultaneously working towards social and environmental justice. As a result, she has devoted the last six years to researching and working in this field. Currently a Ph. D. candidate at the University... Read More →
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Aparna Rajagopal-Durbn

Founding Partner, The Avarna Group
We build capacity within organizations in the outdoor, conservation, environmental education, youth development, and camp space to engage in meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. Talk to me about DEI training, presentations, webinars, resources, climate/culture... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am PDT
Coquitlam Room (2nd Floor)