ROOM: Room 215 – San Miguel
A symposium at the 2016 TWS Annual Conference entitled “Women and Minorities in Wildlife Science” revealed that diversity in the wildlife profession lags well behind that of the American public at large. One reason may be that conservation professionals are not communicating to ethnic and cultural communities of America about the meaning and importance of conservation such that interest in it increases. In this symposium, we will build on the discussion from the 2016 meeting with an ultimate goal of increasing diversity in our professional ranks and interest in conservation among all communities that comprise the American public. First, we will define what communication is and what makes it effective. Then, we will explore how to use communication to honor and meet the values, beliefs, desires and needs of four communities that need to be important contributors to conservation. These communities are (1) Native Americans, who throughout their existence have been tightly interwoven with the natural world and whose lands are important to conservation; (2) Hispanics, the fastest-growing ethnicity in America, not only in numbers but arguably also in influence; (3) Evangelical Christians, a politically influential community whose core beliefs speak to the high value of nature, and (4) Millennials, the generation that will soon be carrying on the legacy of conservation.
Organizers: William C. Dunn, Big Picture Conservation LLC, Albuquerque, NM; September Myres, Sundance Consulting, Inc., Pocatello, ID
Supported by: Big Picture Conservation LLC, Sundance Consulting, Inc.