This has been a dream of mine for several years. To have a conference that is a conservation and environmental conference, that when I walk in the room I am not counting how many brown and black faces I see. I wanted a conference that when you walked in you saw yourself, you saw people of the global majority, you saw people of color…I also wanted to prove the naysayers wrong that keep saying over and over that we can’t find any people of color [to hire], that they are not qualified.
The annual New Horizons in Conservation Conference is an opportunity to understand the status of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the conservation field and assess critical gaps.
I was impressed by the spectrum of people at the conference – from fellows, alumni, professionals, and CEOs. I finally see a clear direction of how to progress through my career path from where I am now up through CEO.
Graduate student at Villanova University
The New Horizons in Conservation Conference is for students and professionals who are from underrepresented backgrounds in the conservation field and/or those who are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field.
At the conference I met four other black women from Jamaica doing what I’m doing and we were able to connect with each other. When people say there are not enough people of color working on this, they’re wrong – they’re rendering us invisible.
New Horizons also works to bolster the critical pipelines built by diversity pathway programs across the nation by providing spaces for participants to connect with peers, network, engage in hands-on professional development workshops and training, attend local field trips, and hear from a diverse range of leaders and visionaries in the field.
You can read about it, you can have one-on-one conversations on it, you can look at the studies, you can have the data and the research, but it really hits home when you are in a room where you can actually see this vision of the future.