SCBNA’s Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee

SCB North America’s Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee exists to facilitate and carry out initiatives designed to promote equity, inclusion and diversity within both SCBNA and will work to increase equity, inclusion and diversity in the field of conservation across all levels – including the public, students, professionals, and leaders in the field. The committee will update this page with EID policies and initiatives as they develop.

The committee is hard at work developing initiatives related to the 2020 NACCB conference.  Please read below for committee accomplishments at the 2018 NACCB conference.  Looking to the future, the committee plans to increase engagement on these issues within the Society, its events, and within the conservation community at large, together with support from partner organizations including the Diversity Joint Venture, 500 Women Scientists, and others.

Interested to get involved? Contact EID Committee Chair Gerald Singh –

NACCB 2018 Engagement

Art by Sam Hester, Visual Graphic Artist, drawn in real time at NACCB 2018

  • Symposia: Black in Biodiversity
  • Symposia: Bringing Back the Buffalo: Re-conceptualizing conservation through the Iinnii Initiative
  • Symposia: New Faces of Modern Conservation: Indigenous Protected Areas and the People Who Manage Them
  • Interactive Session: Conservation Outreach in Urban Schools: A Facilitated Discussion
  • Interactive Session: Indigenous Knowledge and Conservation: A Dialogue with Elders and Knowledge Holders

NACCB 2018 Initiatives & Policies

  • Conference Planning: SCBNA’s EID committee has had at least one representative involved in every aspect of NACCB planning and subcommittee work, keeping an eye to EID priorities each step of the way.  We aim to further integrate and prioritize EID efforts for every congress.
  • Scientific Program Review: SCBNA prioritizes increasing diverse voices at our events, including within the NACCB Scientific Program. Core requirements for selection of symposia, interactive sessions, workshops, short courses included diverse representation of speakers on panels and as session organizers.
  • Family-Friendly Congress: Feeding/pumping room made available throughout congress, baby-friendly NACCB announced, childcare recommendations provided, childcare subsidies offered.  We were so glad to see many kids and babies present at NACCB 2018!
  • Transparency and inclusion through communication: Funding was prioritized for sign language interpretation for those in need of this service.
  • Focus on diverse needs of congress participants:
    Single & multi ID spaces: made available to groups wishing to hold meetings.
    Accessibility: NACCB abides by ADA and CDA standards, and fulfill requests as made.
    Diet: NACCB provided mainly vegetarian meals and accommodated gluten free and vegan diets as well.
    Titles: Added Mx. to include non-binary ID in name badges/conference attendee ID
    Bathrooms: Included gender neutral bathroom onsite
  • Financial Support: reduced student rates, developing country rates, and financial awards for: underrepresented and marginalized groups, postdocs, early career practitioners, students, chapter members, and educators.
  • Costs: In general, NACCB kept registration rates as low as possible to accommodate all attendees and make the events affordable.
  • Code of Conduct and Safety Officer: All NACCB attendees were required to read and agree to this before purchasing registration. NACCB hired an experienced professional to assist with conflict-resolution and deescalation.

Committee Members:

  • Gerald Singh, Chair
  • Jessa Madosky
  • Sergio Avila
  • Becky Raboy
  • Caitlin Littlefield
  • Sheila Colla
  • Ana Luz Porzecanski
  • Bryan Wallace
  • Meg Eastwood
  • Emily Destigter
  • Martha Groom
  • Jamie McDevitt-Galles
  • Jacqueline Patterson
  • Kathryn Frens
  • Katie Leung
  • Madison Hall
  • Megan Jones
  • Olivia Isbell
  • Brendan Reid
  • Rowshyra Castaneda
  • Samniqueka Halsey
  • Sara Bombaci
  • Sabrina Drill
  • Eleanor Sterling