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The Kansas City Conservation Equity Network (KCCEN) connects, inspires, and empowers the conservation community in the Kansas City region to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in all our work.
Since forming, KCCEN and its partner groups have taken formative steps to engage the environmental community and educate ourselves to advance DEI among our members. Learn more about our partners.
Register below for our next event,
“A Roundtable Discussion on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Conservation”
Friday, October 23rd, 11 am – 12:30 pm Central Time
We will be discussing,
- “How do we define Equitable Conservation?”
- “How and what are you and your organization doing to advance DEI?”
You may have already taken steps in programming and outreach or started changing your structural frameworks. You may have just started by reading a book or evaluating your own positions. Regardless, we all have a long road before us, but with our Network partners we have gained insight and ideas to help us advance this work by coming together – and working together!
We can’t wait to make a difference together! Learn more …
Join us for a special Climate Conversations – an all-day exploration on the mindfulness of whiteness in America.
Many of us who would check off the “White American” box in the racial categories section of the census have never had to intentionally explore what it means to be white in America. So in our racialized culture, white people are racial beings moving through life with very limited racial literacy. Mindfulness can help empower us all by expanding our racial perspective, helping us make more informed decisions that are in closer alignment with our deepest values, and changing our relationship to whiteness in service to the greater good. Through experiential exercises, guided meditations, and group discussion, we will mindfully explore:
- the social construction of race and associated concepts
- the history of racism in America
- implicit bias and colorblind racism
- the ongoing cultural, social and interpersonal effects of racism on human relationships, institutions/organizations, systems and the environment
- strategies for breaking free from toxic socialization and connecting with the true nature of our histories, stories, and hearts
- ways we can personally help build a more just and sustainable society
If by reading this class description you notice some strong feelings arising, know you are not alone – we invite you to adopt “curiosity mind” and take this opportunity to explore the reactivity that arises in a protected space with compassion, courage and presence. All experience levels in racial justice work and mindfulness meditation are welcome to attend. Although this program is suitable for the general public, up to 6 CEs are available for KS & MO licensed mental health professionals. Register Here
Teachers: Tracy Ochester, PsyD & Sydney Spears, PhD with Guest Speaker Sami Aaron of The Resilient Activist
Date & Time: Friday, Nov 13, 2020 9 am-4 pm
Fees (click below to purchase your member or nonmember pass, then click here to register for the workshop):
No refunds are given after the deadline for enrollment, which is one week prior to the start of the course. No makeup meetings are offered for missed classes. In the case of under-enrollment, the course will be canceled and you will receive a full refund of the registration fee. No reimbursements will be provided for pre-arranged transportation, accommodations, or any other miscellaneous expenses. Passes expire within one year of purchase.