Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice in Land Conservation

In 2020, with support from the full Board, several Newton Conservators Board members formed a “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice” team (DEIJ for short). The members of this team have been working to educate ourselves and to review the Conservators’ mission, values, and goals, which include making our open spaces and organization open and welcoming to all.

Here are some resources from two events the DEIJ team attended in fall 2021:

Advancing Racial Justice, Equity and Inclusion for Land Trusts

More about this workshop series sponsored by the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition in September- October 2021:

Selected “homework” readings from these workshops:

Diversifying Your Nonprofit Board

This panel discussion sponsored by the Charles River Chamber of Commerce on September 29, 2021 included staff and board members of color affiliated with two Boston-area diversity consulting firms, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, and Newton’s own New Art Center, as well as other nonprofit groups.

A key takeaway from this discussion was that building a diverse board requires more than appointing new board members: it also requires building authentic, everyday working relationships with diverse communities.