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Building Relationships with Communities of Color


This highly immersive workshop, geared towards individuals from predominantly white organizations, will provide participants with strategies and tips for building effective relationships with some of the strongest supporters of conservation—communities of color—and the organizations that advocate for them.

Trainer, Marcelo Bonta, will draw from data, case studies, and his two decades of experience working at the nexus of conservation/environmental protection and JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) to address questions like: What do BIPOC-led (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color) organizations look for in partnerships? What does it mean to be relational versus transactional in our partnerships (and how do we shift our focus to building relationships)? How can your organization add value to and more effectively serve communities of color? And conversely, How can your organization learn from communities of color?

Together, we will seek ways to achieve deep, impactful, and lasting relationships with communities of color, leading to an inclusive environmental community with more effective conservation and sustainability practices.

To ensure greater fairness and equity in the allocation of limited virtual seats, all registrants must agree to honor the conditions for participation:

  • Please have no more than two people register from your organization.
  • By registering, you pledge to attend. If due to some unforeseen circumstance you cannot attend, you agree to inform WeConservePA immediately of this so that your seat can be provided to another person.
  • Due to the highly immersive and relational aspects of this event, it is crucial for the workshop’s success and respectful to the other attendees for you to be fully engaged with the workshop for its entire 3-hour duration. By registering, you pledge to actively engage for the entirety of the workshop. This includes having your video on and participating in small group activities via breakout rooms. It also means not engaging in other business and activities.

This event is presented by WeConservePA to the public at no cost. Please donate today to support future programs.


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