WVBS Diversity Statement

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:
The Willamette Valley Bird Symposium is committed to being a collaborative, caring and inclusive community; one that supports a diversity of people and perspectives. An inclusive community is accomplished and continued by seeking a diversity of people and perspectives. We provide equity and equal opportunity, and promote open dialogue where all experiences and opinions are respected. This approach is crucial to achieving the educational, research, and professional development goals of the Symposium as it provides opportunities for community members, researchers, and students to learn from each other. Together, we believe that we can all contribute to advancing the scientific understanding of birds and their conservation.

We are directed to our goals by the interdependent principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Diversity is the respect and appreciation of differences that categorize people from one another to create different identities. These identity differences include ethnicity, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, education, socio-economic status, cultural, religious, or political affiliations, while recognizing that people can belong to multiple identities.

Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and to the advancement for all people. This includes identifying and eliminating barriers that have prevented the full participation of underrepresented groups.

Inclusion is the involvement, empowerment, inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. Inclusion is an active process of creating a community that encourages the inherent value of all individuals by providing full access to the opportunities provided.

If you have concerns about these principles or any diversity issues related to WVBS, please contact us at WVBSquestions@gmail.com.