Our Justice, Equity, Decolonization, Inclusion Actions and Goals
We have been actively transforming our institute into a more inclusive, diverse, decolonial organization since early 2020. We know that this is an ongoing process of continued listening, learning, creating connections and taking courageous actions for justice.
Actions we are taking:
- Offering four partial Equity Scholarships in each of our trainings for BIPOC, LGBTQIA2+ and other marginalized communities totaling $15,000 for 2021.
- Developing and teaching exclusively BIPOC Level 1 and Level 2 Ecotherapy trainings (created and taught by our BIPOC teachers) with all students receiving equity pricing.
- Donating 2% of our profits to the Sogorea Te Land Trust for reparations of the past and continuing colonization and genocide of indigenous peoples as well as their revitalization.
- Honoring the original stewards of the land by offering land acknowledgements at all of our gatherings and trainings.
- Writing a Land Acknowledgement Statement on our EBI and teacher emails with encouragement to donate and learn more about indigenous peoples.
- Encouraging our students to learn about and support the indigenous peoples of the lands they are living with.
- Highlighting materials from the voices of Black, Indigenous and People of Color in our trainings.
- Including anti-racist, Landback and other materials that speak to racial injustice, cultural appropriation and decolonization in our classes and newsletters.
- Extending extra outreach towards BIPOC students in our classrooms to create connection and inclusion.
- Naming and welcoming discussion and feelings about the current social, political, spiritual and environmental issues of our times within the curriculum and classroom.
- Teaching about multicultural considerations in practicing Ecotherapy within the training.
- Offering BIPOC teachers monetary reparations for their extra emotional work of teaching in a multicultural classroom.
- Offering free and low-cost events to the public for accessibility for all.
- Writing monthly newsletter which includes: inspirational and educational articles and poems from BIPOC, specific actions to take for justice, explicit naming of the U.S. colonial system, relational nature practices and professional resources.
- Encouragement of teachers to bring in their cultural background and whole selves to their teaching.
- Classroom guidelines which center the inclusion of all voices in a respectful way, and encouragement to be mindful of intent and impact.
- Explicitly naming that the modern-day Ecotherapy field was created by euro-centric white founders and acknowledging and including the ancient and ongoing wisdom of BIPOC voices and perspectives.
- Ongoing recruitment and support of BIPOC teachers.
- Staff training for development of a Multicultural Curriculum.
- Ongoing professional DEI consultation for teachers and staff.
- Decolonizing our organization by the above actions as well as having transparency of finances, and discussion of policy and curriculum from all teachers.
- Create an ombudsperson position for EBI for any issues that come up in the trainings.
- Create a reparational fund for BIPOC and underrepresented groups to support equity prices and equity pay.
- Create an Advisory council with multiple voices represented.
- Continue to center BIPOC voices in our staff, teachers and curriculum and programming.
- Including more visual diversity in our materials, website and advertising.
- Develop specific policy and protocols around diversity.
- Develop a five-year vision for the organization with teacher and staff feedback.
- Network with local businesses to create community and collaboration.