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Sustainability Showcase Series - Milton G. Newberry, III
Join Milton G. Newberry, III—the Sustainable Technology Director at the Center for Sustainability & the Environment at Bucknell University—for his talk: Inclusivity in Conservation and Sustainability: Where We Are and Why it Matters.

Description: Environmental conservation and sustainability are key disciplines in tackling current and future environmental issues such as climate change and loss of biodiversity. In the U.S., the individuals who make up these broad fields are diverse, but Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC) professionals are harshly underrepresented. Over the past decade, many organizations and agencies have strived to increase the diversity of their membership but with little success. However, with the proper search, one can see that there are a plethora of BIPOC professionals working in conservation and sustainability. Yet, these professionals often face increased adversity through systemic racism, sexism, and discrimination.

In this talk, I describe the current status of BIPOC professionals in conservation and sustainability and how these individuals navigate spaces that are often perceived as belonging to white individuals. Discussing the concerns and hardships that leadership across many sectors do not hear or recognize. Additionally, I share how these professionals achieve excellence in their work despite this mounting adversity and how they have carved out a niche for themselves and future BIPOC conservation and sustainability professionals. Lastly, I explain the areas of improvement in attaining true racial inclusivity in the environmental world in the United States and why this movement matters.

This discussion suggests the ruse of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in the environmental world in the U.S.; that these professions are progressive when, in fact, their behaviors are more performative and must be recognized and brought to justice in order to accomplish real change.

Mar 5, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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