Eastside Audubon’s Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Eastside Audubon Society fully supports Audubon’s statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion www.audubon.org/about/equity-diversity-and-inclusion-audubon.
Just as biodiversity strengthens natural systems, the diversity of human experience strengthens our conservation efforts for the benefit of nature and all human beings. Eastside Audubon must represent and reflect that human diversity, embracing it in our community, to achieve our conservation goals. To that end, we are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff, board, volunteers, members, and supporters and to fostering an inclusive community.
Equity, diversity and inclusion is a best practice for a sustainable organization and a strategic imperative. Our organization and conservation strategies are enriched and made stronger by the contribution of the experiences, perspectives, and values of diverse individuals and communities. Protecting and conserving nature and the environment transcends political, cultural and social boundaries, and so must Eastside Audubon to expand our reach and engage more people in protecting birds and habitat.
We are dedicated to providing an environment that prioritizes fairness and respect. At Eastside Audubon employees and volunteers are treated equally and encouraged to achieve their fullest potential. We respect the individuality of each member of our community, and we are committed to provide an environment free of any kind of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, national or ethnic origin, politics, or veteran status.
With a plurality of voices, Eastside Audubon will inspire more people and conserve more habitats. Respect, inclusion, and opportunity for people of all backgrounds, lifestyles and perspectives will attract the best ideas and harness the greatest passion to shape a healthier, more vibrant future for all of us who share our planet. The birds we are pledged to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Eastside Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness and leadership to our work throughout our community.