Building the Foundation: Exploring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Course

Thanks to the generous support of the North American Association for Environmental Education and ee360 funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, we are excited to announce a groundbreaking opportunity for our environmental education community!

Our New Mexico environmental education community has been selected to receive a 2.5 day “Building the Foundation: Exploring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” course by the Center for Diversity and Environment in preparation for launching a learning community around equity and inclusion. We are seeking twelve individuals who are looking to enhance their understanding of inclusion, are willing to dig deep and be part of our learning community, and who represent various dimensions of diversity to receive a $475 scholarship to participate in the “Building the Foundation: Exploring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” course being offered in Albuquerque from June 13-15, 2018.

Who: Seeking twelve individual representing different dimensions of diversity who are interested in deepening their understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

When: June 13 (1-5 p.m.), June 14 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), and June 15 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Where: A beautiful location along the river in the North Valley of Albuquerque (details will be shared with those accepted into the course)

Cost: $75 to cover lunches, snacks, refreshments, and materials (EEANM is willing to work with those for whom this would be a financial burden. Please do not let the cost deter you from applying if you are interested.)


For those who are newly embarking upon diversity work, this 2½-day course is the first step of a dynamic and rewarding journey. Diversity and inclusion work is not swift: it is an iterative process of awareness building, information gathering, analysis, vision development, planning, and action. There is no magic shortcut. We start by creating a safe space and a forum for deep learning, honest exploration and open dialogue. From here, we begin to develop an understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion in our lives, our relationships and our work, and explore the many dimensions of diversity in our personal and professional interactions.

This includes:

  • building self-awareness;
  • developing a common language to describe the fundamental principles of diversity, inclusion, racism, and equity; recognizing the behaviors of racism and of inclusion;
  • evaluating and acknowledging problem areas (barriers to inclusion); understanding the case for action;
  • evaluating the impact of equity, inclusion, and diversity in our work settings and our communities;
  • developing a willingness to stretch and change;
  • and committing to a process that is, by nature, dynamic.

For more information about EEANM’s efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion, visit our new page at