This month, The Wildlife Society Council approved a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Vision document to help shape and guide TWS operations now and into the future. This is an important step for the Society, as the document communicates the fundamental need and value of DEI in advancing the overall mission of the organization. By establishing this foundation, TWS not only acknowledges the importance of factoring DEI into future decisions. It also recognizes the vital role that the Society plays in fostering a more diverse and inclusive wildlife profession.
“The Wildlife Society DEI Vision provides a clear lens to examine and shape operational plans and activities to implement the Strategic Plan,” said TWS Vice President and Diversity Subcommittee Chair, Don Yasuda. “I’m excited to see how this will inspire, empower and enable wildlife professionals to provide for diversity, equity and inclusion in all we do.”
The document was created through a highly collaborative process with TWS members, staff, organization units and Council. The Wildlife Society is appreciative of the time and energy contributed by all involved.
While TWS has taken some important steps, there is much more to be done. The Wildlife Society’s DEI Vision provides a framework for developing action items for the short- and long-term, but meaningful and sustained engagement from a broad array of stakeholders is needed to help create and support a diverse, equitable and inclusive wildlife profession.
“With Council’s approval of our Vision for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, I look forward to subsequent discussions with members, Council and staff to implement specific actions to make our vision a reality,” said TWS President-Elect Gordon Batcheller.
“More action on our part will achieve greater equity within the wildlife profession and TWS,” added TWS President Carol Chambers. “This plan informs our path forward.”
Next month, The Wildlife Society Webinar Series will take a deeper look at the DEI Vision, what it means for the Society, and what some of our organization units are doing today to create a more welcoming and inclusive profession. Visit the TWS Webinar Series page for more information and to register. The Webinar will take place on Tuesday, July 27.
View The Wildlife Society’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Vision.
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