SRF Equity Statement and Scholarship Announcement
July 7, 2020
The SRF staff and Board of Directors acknowledge that access to the conservation and restoration field is not equitable, and that the resulting lack of diversity in higher education, nonprofit organizations, boards, and project teams is detrimental to the advancement of our goals.
We condemn racism in all forms, and we know that we have not focused enough on this issue. We invite our constituency to keep us accountable as we work to do better. We commit to examining and addressing structural racism within our organization and our own lives, and we are actively working to increase racial equity in all aspects of SRF.
As an initial step to reducing the financial barrier of entering this field, SRF is creating a scholarship fund to support students that are underrepresented in watershed restoration. We will release details on the scholarship and application process later this summer.
We also invite our constituency to join us in educating ourselves on systemic racism and the ways that it manifests in higher education, environmental organizations, and the sciences. We have curated a list of anti-racism resources that investigate specific concerns in the environmental sciences on our website, and will continue to add to it, to address additional issues regarding equity and inclusion.