Our vision is a Columbia River that unites people to fight for clean water, abundant fish and wildlife, and our climate.
Columbia Riverkeeper is committed to achieving this vision by advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in environmental decisions and our own actions.
Here is our current approach to accounting for and expanding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI):
- Incorporate EDI principles in at all levels of our organization. This includes Riverkeeper’s campaigns and programs, membership outreach and development, and partnerships.
- Build and retain authentic and collaborative relationships with frontline communities.
- Work in solidarity with tribal nations and native people to protect the environment and achieve common goals. We recognize that sovereign tribal nations face complex issues far beyond the environment. We are committed to pursue dialogue and confer with tribal nations about our policy decisions.
- Incorporate EDI principles when hiring and training new employees.
- Account for EDI principles to support employee retention.
- Foster an inclusive, supportive work environment for all people.
- Maintain a board that reflects the diverse lived experiences of people along the Columbia River.
- Support and encourage staff and board EDI education through monthly enrichment readings and podcasts, followed by staff and board discussions.
- Participate in deep-dive EDI trainings with professional consultants to gain new perspectives and knowledge.
- Maintain an EDI Team comprised of Riverkeeper staff that meets monthly to select EDI enrichment topics and readings and oversees implementation of the organization’s two-year EDI Plan.
- Acknowledge mistakes. If we take enough risks, we will fail sometimes. Own it. Learn and grow.
Check out a selection of articles, videos, and podcasts from Riverkeeper staff and board EDI enrichment discussions.
- Not All White People Were Created Equal: White Privilege in America
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
- Changing the Narrative About Native Americans
- 21 things you can do to be more respectful of Native American cultures
- Project Implicit
- Portland’s gentrification has its roots in racism
- Seeing White Podcast
- Who are the missing Native woman and how do we find them?
We empower people to care for the Columbia.