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eeHEN

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Collaboration

Join us in one of the many learning opportunities we host around Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

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Connection

Access our library of resources on equity and inclusion to learn more and grow on your own time.

All Hands In

Action

Join our team of members committed to supporting the JEDI initiatives at KAEE and for our community.

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COLLABORATION

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The JEDI CoP is a learning community of individuals working to foster and support practices of racial justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity in the outdoors and environmental work. Every other month, we come together on Zoom to learn, dive into different topics of interest, hear from guest speakers, and grow as a community. This is a place to learn from and with each other, to grapple with the inequities that exist in our field, and to practice dialogue around these topics with honesty and empathy. Stay in the loop by signing up for the JEDI CoP listserv to keep the conversation going between meetings, and to receive reminders of upcoming events.

The CoP meets bi-monthly on the third Thursday, 12 pm - 1 pm ET. There are no prerequisites for joining a session, but preregistration is required. Register for each event below to save your spot and receive the Zoom link for joining.

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Register for Upcoming CoP Sessions 

  • Thu, Apr 18
    Zoom
    Apr 18, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Zoom
    Apr 18, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Zoom
    This is a learning community of individuals working to foster and support practices of racial justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity in the outdoors and environmental work. Bi-monthly, we come together to learn, dive deep into different topics, hear from guest speakers, and grow as a community!
  • Thu, Jun 20
    Zoom
    Jun 20, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Zoom
    Jun 20, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Zoom
    This is a learning community of individuals working to foster and support practices of racial justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity in the outdoors and environmental work. Bi-monthly, we come together to learn, dive deep into different topics, hear from guest speakers, and grow as a community!
  • Thu, Feb 15
    Zoom
    Feb 15, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
    Zoom
    Feb 15, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
    Zoom
    This is a learning community of individuals working to foster and support practices of racial justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity in the outdoors and environmental work. Bi-monthly, we come together to learn, dive into different topics, hear from guest speakers, and grow as a community!

Our Next Meeting...

In February, we'll be joined by a special guest speaker, Co-Executive Director of FoodChain, Leandra Foreman. FoodChain is a unique nonprofit organization that has grown, changed, adapted, and pivoted since its inception in 2011. Much of the growth was planned from the beginning, but many of the ways that it has come about have been in direct response to needs from the community and from a changing food landscape. Leandra will talk with our community about building in flexibility in order to respond to the changing needs of our community as part of a justice-minded approach to nonprofit work. 

Leandra Foreman, FoodChain

Co-Executive Director | Director of Operations

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Questions? Contact the CoP Co-Facilitators.

Roberta Burnes, roberta.burnes@ky.gov | Jackie Lomore, jlomore@sayreschool.org | Brittany Wray, brittany@kaee.org 

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CONNECTION

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ACTION

eeHEN Action Team

KAEE wants to ensure that everyone in Kentucky, inclusive of race or ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, background, disability, economic status, or any other aspect of identity, has the opportunity to experience and lead environmental and outdoor learning in ways that are relevant to them. Just as diversity is necessary for strong natural communities, we are stronger because of our differences as humans.

Action Team Members

Jennifer Beach, Kenton Co. Public Library

Tina Brouwer, Red Oaks Forest School

Roberta Burnes, Kentucky Division for Air Quality

Ginny Delaney, Jefferson Memorial Forest

Sagan Goodpaster, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

Meg Gravil, Eastern Kentucky University

Alice Hilton, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

Hannah Harris, Red Oaks Forest School
Maddy Heredia, Kentucky Division of Forestry

Jeri Howell, Josephine Sculpture Park

Beverly James, Floracliff Nature Sanctuary

Rae McEntyre, Retired Kentucky Department of Education

Pattie Stivender, Bluegrass Greensource

Perry Thomas, Oldham County Conservation District
Wendy Warren, Berea College Forestry Outreach Center

Carolyn Waters, Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands

Leadership Team

Co-Chair: Meg Gravil, Eastern Kentucky University

Co-Chair: Tracy Knowles, Bluegrass Community & Technical College

Ashley Hoffman, KAEE Executive Director

Brittany Wray, KAEE Deputy Director

Interested in joining the action team?

KAEE, as part of the NAAEE Affiliate Network, practices the lifelong learning that is required for effective diversity and inclusion work. We are refocusing our efforts toward safe, equal access to the outdoors for all. Read more about this work that centers social and environmental justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility on a national level.

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