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Diversity and Inclusion in Environmental Nonprofits

August 8, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm


Although New Jersey is one of the most diverse states in the country, many local environmental nonprofits struggle to reach a more diverse audience with their programs and services, or to represent this diversity within their organization.

Join us for a workshop focused on how we, as members of the environmental community, can truly increase diversity in our organizations, and in our outreach and community work. 

We will begin with presentations from our three speakers, each of whom brings an important on-the-ground perspective on how environmental groups can contribute toward empowering local communities and promoting equity, access and inclusion. We’ll then break into a roundtable discussion allowing participants and presenters to engage in a dialogue exploring power, privilege and tools for change in the environmental nonprofit world.

Some of the topics that we will cover include:

  • Bridging cultural barriers
  • Leadership development among vulnerable and minority populations
  • Staff diversity
  • Community collaboration


Donna Kirkland, Program Coordinator of The Trust for Public Land’s Parks for People Program in Newark
Donna Kirkland will speak about her work in Newark, where she runs the Parks for People program for The Trust for Public Land,. As part of this work, she engages students and community residents in participatory design and long-term stewardship of TPL’s completed and future parks and playgrounds. In particular, she works closely with community-based committees at project sites, helping them to grow into their role as local stewards. 

Estrella Sainburg, Circle Organizer for GreenFaith
Estrella Sainburg will speak about her experience as a community organizer for the interfaith, environmental organization GreenFaith. Sainburg supports leadership development among people from a diversity of racial and religious backgrounds across the state, encouraging them to speak out about, garner support for, and respond to pressing environmental issues.

Andre Thomas, Training Manager for the Center for Energy and Environmental Training at Isles, Inc. 
Andre Thomas will discuss his work with Isles, Inc., a nonprofit community development and environmental organization based in Trenton. Andre provides community health and green collar job training to both locals and individuals from across the state.


August 8, 2017
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Isles, Inc.
10 Wood Street
Trenton, NJ 08618 United States
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(609) 341-4700

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