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Scope and Purpose
The Diversity Workgroup was formed following the signing of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and is tasked with meeting the Diversity Outcome: to identify stakeholder groups that are not currently represented in the leadership, decision-making, and implementation of conservation and restoration activities and create meaningful opportunities and programs to recruit and engage them in the Bay Program's efforts. This goal encompasses all dimensions of diversity, including race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, national origin, citizenship, religion, age, physical abilities, gender, sexual identity, and other factors. However, we are primarily focused on increasing the representation of those who have been traditionally excluded from the Chesapeake Bay environmental field. Our workgroup also leads efforts to incorporate diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) into the implementation of other goals and outcomes in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.
Who We Are
We are employees of government agencies, non-profit, grassroots, and for-profit organizations, as well as community and environmental justice leaders who reside and work in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We are diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice experts, hiring managers, and individuals who are passionate about advancing DEIJ in the work to conserve and restore the Chesapeake Bay and its waterways.
Our Steering Committee
Our Steering Committee includes individuals from non-profit organizations as well as state and federal government agencies. The Steering Committee meets once a month to provide guidance and direction on workgroup meeting agendas and ongoing projects.
Our Management Approaches
Our strategies and actions fall under four approaches:
- Enhance communication and outreach with underrepresented stakeholders
- Create and expand employment opportunities for underrepresented individuals and communities by strengthening connections to existing resources and creating new avenues for career building
- Promote environmental justice through the meaningful involvement and fair treatment of all people, regardless of race, color, national origin or income, in the implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement
- Advance diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in all aspects of organizational culture and work
More information on each of these approaches can be found in our Management Strategy and 2021-2023 Work Plan.
We meet approximately 4 times a year to discuss progress towards meeting our goals and allow for mutual learning and sharing of best practices that support DEIJ in the Chesapeake Bay region. Our meetings are open to the public. If you'd like to join our workgroup or be added to our email distribution list, please email the workgroup's staffer and/or coordinator.
Projects and Resources
Are you new to the Chesapeake Bay Program? Are you new to work involving Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Environmental Justice? Check out these resources
Resources from Cultural Humility Training
The Diversity Workgroup identified increasing cultural competence within the CBP as a key step to meeting the diversity outcome in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. Thanks to available funding from the Goal Implementation Team (GIT) Funding process, the workgroup offered three Cultural Humility: Tools for Success in Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) trainings in the fall of 2019. Approximately 70 members of the partnership attended one of the trainings, which were led by the consultant Skeo Solutions. Participants learned how a cultural humility framework can help build a sense of equity and respect in relationships between individuals and relationships between institutions and individuals.
- 0a cbp training pre work (pdf - 135.295 KB)
- 1b cbp cultural humility training day 1 (pdf - 5.698 MB)
- 1c living glossary (pdf - 414.552 KB)
- 2b cbp cultural humility training day 2 (pdf - 3.078 MB)
- 2c joharis window (pdf - 120.82 KB)
- 2d appropriate self disclosure (pdf - 100.099 KB)
- 2e rules for giving effective feedback (pdf - 78.403 KB)
- 2f personal reflections handout (pdf - 116.51 KB)
- 2g organizational reflections handout (pdf - 129.532 KB)
Community Engagement Resources
Most of these documents were not created by the Diversity Workgroup. However, they are really excellent resources for any person who is doing community engagement.
- Dos and donts of community engagement (pdf - 213.221 KB)
- Regional resilience toolkit see step 1 engagement (pdf - 33.181 MB)
- Spectrum of engagement 1 (jpg - 125.13 KB)
- 2017 nps ncr community engagement continuum (pdf - 75.955 KB)
- Cbp deij commnuity engagement resources wsa (pdf - 237.162 KB)
- Cbfn expanding the circle final document (pdf - 1.467 MB)
The following tools have been created to help others identify opportunities to implement DEIJ into their work.
Chesapeake Bay Environmental Justice and Equity Dashboard
The Environmental Justice and Equity Dashboard provides access to a variety of spatial data layers pertinent to addressing environmental issues in areas with underrepresented populations. Refer to the story map for possible uses and instructions
Community Level Partnerships within the Bay Program by Crystal Zhao
This ArcGIS story map was created by one of the diversity workgroup's 2021 C-StREAM interns. It highlights the work of community organizations and provides insight on how CBP can engage new partners
Employment, Hiring, and Recruitment
These documents include a list of programs and positions that can provide pathways for currently underrepresented individuals to enter the environmental workforce in the Chesapeake Bay region and beyond. In addition, the excel document includes a list of recruitment websites, affinity groups, and educational institutions that can be targeted to recruit and hire individuals from underrepresented groups. It also includes a tab with hiring resources, toolkits, and tips to promote inclusiveness and mitigate bias in the hiring process. It is a draft document that will continue to be updated over time.
This strategy was developed by an independent consultant (Skeo Solutions) for the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership. It contains recommendations that are grouped into four DEIJ framework focus areas. The consultant developed these recommendations based on interviews with CBP teams and leadership, a DEIJ readiness survey, two focus groups, a review of key partnership policy documents and input from the Diversity Workgroup. The recommendations provide a visionary framework to be used by the partnership as a guide to achieve the following:
- Increase racial and ethnic diversity among partnership staff and leadership.
- Help partners develop as DEIJ leaders who understand, respect and embrace cultural diversity.
- Provide partners with the tools to continually assess progress towards diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice goals.
2022 Diversity Narrative AnalysisView details
2022 Diversity Pre-QPM LAPView details
This report examines why decades of promises to diversify are falling short in the mainstream environmental movement.
This report details how people of color are pushed out of environmental organizations and presents factors that impact the retention and promotion of people of color in the environmental movement.
A Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Guide for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, drafted and adopted these 17 principles of Environmental Justice.
Check our workgroup's progress toward meeting the diversity indicator
This webpage includes links to additional articles, tools, and webinars related to DEIJ.
The Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers launched Putting Racism on the Table, a learning and action series for philanthropy.
This guide is a publication of Project Green Classrooms, an environmental education initiative that began in 2017 by bringing together partners from agencies and organizations across Maryland.
Wendy O'Sullivan (Vice Chair), Superintendent, NPS Chesapeake Bay Office, National Park Service (NPS)
Briana Yancy (Coordinator), Life Scientist & Diversity Workgroup Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Mid-Atlantic Region
Jessica Blackburn, Coordinator, Citizens Advisory Committee, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Michelle Ramirez, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Greg Barranco, Government Affairs, Partnerships Team Lead, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Vanessa Van Note, Implementation Analyst, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Amanda Knobloch, Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL)
10545 Mackall Road
St. leonard, Maryland 20685
Cirse Gonzalez, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
7581 Spencer Rd
Gloucester point, Virginia 23062
Emily Hendrickson, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR)
Hana Jones, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Julie Lawson, Citizen's Advisory Committee, Citizens' Advisory Committee
Kristin Saunders, Cross Program Coordinator, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Mariah Davis, Choose Clean Water Coalition
Melissa Fagan, Career Development Program Coordinator, Chesapeake Research Consortium
Noelle Chao, Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy
975 Indian Landing Rd
Millersville, Maryland 21108
Pamela Bingham, Virginia State University
1 Hayden St
Petersburg, Virginia 23806
Rev Jacqueline Norris, Prince George's Environmental Justice/ Equity Marginalized & Low Icome Collaborative
1801 McCormick Drive Potomac Conference Room - Suite 500
Largo, Maryland 20774
Rico Newman, Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs
100 Community Place
Crownsville, Maryland 21032
Shannon Sprague, Education Workgroup Coordinator, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
Alan Anderson, Bowie State University
14000 Jericho Park Rd
Bowie, Maryland 20715
Kenyatta Rowel, Chesapeake Research Consortium
645 Contees Wharf Rd
Edgewater, Maryland 21037
Caitlin Eversmier, Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd,
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Renee Hoyos, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
1111 E Main St Suite 1400
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Amber Doherty, National Aquarium
501 E Pratt St
Baltimore, Maryland 21202