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How to Eat an Elephant: Getting Started with Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Work

Author(s): Ava Holliday | Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin
Video Release Date: October 31, 2016
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Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is often seen as the elephant in the room. It’s big. It’s heavy. It’s overwhelming. In its second TYO webinar, the Avarna Group makes the pachydermic work of DEI more palatable and less paralyzing through a simple framework that allows us to take one bite at a time. Previous webinar attendees learned the reasons why this work is important in the outdoor, youth development and environmental space in our “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Why it Matters for the Future of Your Organization” webinar. Now you’ll learn what to do next.

Co-Presenter: Ava Holliday 
Ava wears many hats in the name of making the outdoors and environmental movement a more inclusive space. As a researcher, she investigates the successes and challenges of diversity and inclusion efforts in outdoor education. As an educator and consultant, she puts theory into practice by facilitating conversations and action around equity, inclusion and diversity in the outdoors. 

Co-Presenter: Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin 
As the former diversity and inclusion manager at the National Outdoor Leadership School and the former director of people and culture at the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition, Aparna has devoted half a decade to equity, inclusion, and diversity in the outdoor and environmental spaces. As an educator, she has facilitated conversations surrounding equity, inclusion, diversity, and cultural relevancy for over 1,000 outdoor educators, nonprofit leaders, land managers, and conservationists. She has also spearheaded projects such as Expedition Denali: Inspiring Diversity in the Outdoors that encourage public dialogue about diversity and inclusion in the outdoors.

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