ROOM: Galt House, Clements
Emerging research highlighting the role and importance of cultural and generational diversity in creative problem solving may provide insights into better managing perplexing, value-laden, natural resource management conflicts. Arguably, the management of feral horse, burros, swine, and cats may constitute the best contemporary examples of value-laden anthropogenically induced conflicts. Humans, both intentionally and unintentionally, have and are still contributing to these conflicts, but yet most of society denies knowledge of and ownership in the problem or the outcomes. This conundrum often places science and management at odds with diverse stakeholder values and perceptions. Thus, even if stakeholders are aware the issues, many still disagree on the options to resolve them. Furthermore, the generational and cultural diversity of the United States is rapidly changing. By 2050, the non-white segment of the U.S. population will be predominate, and Generation X, Y, and Z will be the dominant age-classes. These changing demographics, if not embraced now, will add additional complexity to already difficult issues. We propose a workshop to highlight the role of embracing cultural and generational diversity in creative problem solving. This workshop will engage early career scientists? undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates- in open dialogue and exercises to better understand the science and human dimensions of the management of feral horse, burros, swine, and cats. The workshop will reinforce the role of embracing cultural and generational diversity in creative communications and contemporary problem solving.
Organizers: Melissa Chelak, Utah State University, Logan, UT; Terry Messmer, Jack H. Berryman Institute, Utah State University Extension, Logan, UT; Jessica Tegt, Jack H. Berryman Institute, Utah State University Extension, Logan, UT; Trevon Strange, Utah State University, Logan, UT; Luke McDonald, Utah State University, Logan, UT; Hollee Thompson, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Supported by: Jack H. Berryman Institute, Ethnic and Gender Diversity Working Group, Early Career Professional Working Group