Wednesday, February 23 • 10:30am - 11:15am
Track 1: Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Bat Walks: How We Re-Imagined Our Outreach Program

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Like many organizations,Bat Conservation International is working hard to incorporate the principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (hereafter known as JEDI) more deliberately and thoughtfully into our programming. The Bat Walks Program began in 2019 as a novel and exciting way to provide in-person bat experiences to everyone.  Although the program is successful, we realize that,during our initial planning, we built the program on existing zoo and nature center partnerships and did not take deliberate steps to offer inclusive programming to BIPOC communities. To correct this oversight, we are rethinking the program through a JEDI lens. With the help of an outside JEDI consultant and by using The Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, we are exploring ways to enhance our Bat Walks Program in the Summer and Fall of 2021. We will share our successes, missteps, and lessons learned along the way. We hope that by offering an inside look at our process we can provide a framework for other outreach programs looking to incorporate JEDI standards.  

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Erin Cord

Bat Conservation International
Erin Cord joined the BCI staff in 2019 and is thrilled to be coordinating BCI’s new Bat Walk Program. Erin double majored in Wildlife Conservation and Entomology from the University of Delaware and received her MS in Wildlife Ecology from the Cesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute... Read More →

Wednesday February 23, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am MST
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