During this panel discussion, wildlifers will reflect on our past, take stock of the present, and plan for the future of The Wildlife Society and our profession at large by creating a safe space for reflection, growth, and constructive conversations. In our opening activity, we will take time to explore some of our unique and shared experiences; acknowledge our individual privilege and challenges; and discuss the historic context and current prevalence of bias, prejudice, and discrimination. We will engage social media influencers of wildlife science, as well as NGO and agency colleagues to share their experiences, their successes and challenges in helping share their science in tandem with advocating for enhanced diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. We will include in our discussion the future DEI of activism and mechanisms for support as well as acknowledge and address the burden placed on our underrepresented colleagues to educate the majority. Together, we will describe what ‘forward’ looks like in our journey toward cultivating a professional society and profession with an embedded culture of dignity, respect, and belonging.
Supported By:Women of Wildlife; Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness Working Group