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 representation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) 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
We meet approximately 4-5 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 (currently vacant position) and/or coordinator (email@example.com).