Monday, March 9, 2015
Environmental Professionals Of Color
Rachel Russell and Daijah Sek
Among the selections of the first few morning workshop sessions, this particular one seemed to interest us both. Being young females of color, we wanted to learn more about the scarcity of young colored women in the environmental work field. Prior to workshops beginning, we were let loose by Andrea and Matt to mingle with other students and environmentalists. We came across the EPOC table and immediately wanted to learn more. There we met, Donna Hope and her coworker (cannot remember her name, and we have 1 itinerary circulating the room).
They gave us a very brief overview of what they were all about, and told us that they were having a session. We decided to take part in it.
Upon walking into the room, the women greeted us and had us sit in a circle. We did a small icebreaker, in which we stated our name, our grade, educational/career standing point, and favorite dance move. To be honest, it was a very strange activity. Following the icebreaker, we all did a gallery walk around the room and wrote and drew our thoughts on a specific word. For example, the posters said: Diversity, Equity, Equality, Justice, and Privilege. We all wrote and drew a variety of different things that we thought represented those words. After we completed this, we did a discussion. Because we got so in depth with the activity, we did not have a ton of time to talk about diversity within environmental professions. However, we are now aware of the small amount of young colored women in these work fields, and can do research and contact EPOC for more information and questions.