Employee Forum committee discusses diversity in campus gardens, new subcommittee
Members of the UNC Employee Forum Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee discussed the implementation of strategies to increase diversity, equity and inclusion for campus gardens and adding a sustainability subcommittee to the University’s existing DCI committee at its Monday meeting.
- Over the past year, the North Carolina Botanical Garden, including initiatives with Carolina Community Garden and Edible Campus UNC, has improved diversity, equity and inclusion. This was accomplished through a modified hiring process, staff performance reviews, the implementation of Twilight Thursdays, the formation of a Land Reconnaissance Declaration, and the creation of more diverse educational programs. .
- “We’ve had several collaborations with classes at the American Indian Center, including programming in November that we’re very excited about,” said Jennifer Peterson, associate director of communications for the North Carolina Botanic Gardens.
- The Gardens are currently working on new programs to inspire young people from marginalized communities to pursue careers in developing multilingual tours, researching the history of the lands, and working with national and international organizations to change botanical names. insensitive to common and scientific plants.
- “We’ve just acquired a partnership with the Institute of the Environment, their outreach arm, so we’re very excited to join forces and find ways to really make a difference with some of these young people. “Said Claire Lorch. , Garden Manager for the Carolina Community Garden.
- Lorch and Peterson mentioned three goals to improve their DCI efforts. The first arose out of a question posed by the DCI committee on how to navigate different approaches to change within its own DCI committee. They also asked how to diversify garden participants and expand their pool of candidates for job vacancies.
- “We’re just starting out with having an open conversation, an open dialogue, an open forum on where do you see our DCI mission in five years,” said Antonio Squire, chair of the Diversity, Equity and Community Committee. inclusion of the Employee Forum. “I think that would certainly open the door to determining how fast or how fast you should move forward in implementing your goals.”
- Later, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee voted unanimously to try out a new sustainability subcommittee.
- University policy analyst Matthew Teal said he proposed that the committee aim to promote sustainability at the university.
- “I was trying to find a way to bridge the gap and say what sustainability looks like from an Employee Forum perspective,” Teal said. “I think there are opportunities to partner with the University’s Sustainable Carolina program to make sure the office is looking for fairness and equality.”
Who is on the committee?
The Employee Forum Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was formed to address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion for all employees, especially those from marginalized communities, and is made up of 24 members.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will meet again on November 3.
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