Creating Safe Spaces - Second Roundtable

Creating Safe Spaces

Second Roundtable

Recorded January 12, 2021

Moderated by Dr. Mamie Parker and Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali, and featuring Corina Newsome (Georgia Audubon Society), Dr. Aby Sene-Harper (Clemson University), Kelly Darden (Outdoor Writer and Host of Outdoor Moments), Christopher Joe (Connecting with Birds and Nature Tours, LLC), Brianna Amingwa (United States Fish and Wildlife Service)

On December 8, the National Wildlife Federation launched the first roundtable in our Creating Safe Spaces initiative to shed light on the challenges that Black people face in safely accessing and enjoying the outdoors in partnership with Outdoor Afro, Black AF in STEM, Patagonia, and The Links, Inc. Over 1,700 individuals registered and joined us to hear from Black pioneers that have played an active role in addressing barriers. In addition to learning about challenges, we also discussed potential solutions that could be championed to address issues raised.

The issues raised and recommendations from our expert panelists will guide the Federation’s long-term efforts to address institutional and systemic barriers through programmatic and policy initiatives. Upon completing the roundtable series, we will be hosting a national townhall in March and a briefing or hearing on Capitol Hill in April. By addressing the unique challenges and barriers that Black people face when safely accessing and enjoying the outdoors, we seek to build a framework to address the challenges different identity groups face through our multi-year Creating Safe Spaces initiative.

Thank you for your support of National Wildlife Federation’s mission to unite all Americans in ensuring wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world. Learn more about how our commitment to equity and justice are a core part of our conservation mission.

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