Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

The WAFWA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI Committee) was established in 2020 by the President to be comprised of members from the Board. The committee’s approved Statement of Purpose: 

“To support efforts of WAFWA public agencies to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce, and develop broad and meaningful relationships with people and organizations from diverse lives and cultures.

Goals

  1. Assist our agencies to develop a foundational understanding, and an operational meaning, for the terms Diversity, Equity and inclusion.
  2. Be a resource for agencies that are striving to create a more diverse workforce.
  3. Be a resource for agencies to help them develop meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with individuals and groups that have been marginalized in the natural resource field, and in society at large. 

Objectives

  1. Create a DEI resource library with contacts, books, webinars, TED talks, training resources, etc., that will be available for all WAFWA member agencies. 
  2. Provide training opportunities in workforce diversity outreach, recruitment and retention, hiring with a diversity lens, and creating a welcoming work environment for people from all backgrounds and cultures.
  3. Provide training opportunities in anti-racism and anti-sexism. 
  4. Collect and share best DEI practices among our agencies.  Acknowledge and celebrate our successes. 
  5. Be a supportive and confidential listening ear for employees that are striving to work toward achieving their agency DEI goals. 

Members List

Brad Loveless, Chair
Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Gregory Wolley
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
David Buggs, Member
Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
Susan Steffen
Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism