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2019 Salish Sea Equity and Justice Symposium

The 2019 Salish Sea Equity & Justice Symposium convened leaders from all types of environmental professional backgrounds to provide an intentional space for how to comprehensively integrate DEI throughout their internal operations and environmental work.

About SSEJ


First and foremost, we want to acknowledge the hard work that all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who continue to persist and work towards creating racially equitable, inclusive, and safe spaces for other BIPOC.

We are incredibly grateful to the many wonderful speakers and presenters we had, but in particular to Ken Workman, Hannah Wilson, and Mari Shibuya. They helped create a tone for the symposium that celebrated the many intersecting identities for BIPOC and the spaces that BIPOC people operate in.

We are grateful to all of our sponsors, who donated funds, labor, and expertise for this Symposium to happen.

We are grateful to the original panelists of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion panel at the 2018 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, who created the foundations and relationships that allowed for this Symposium to happen.

We are incredibly grateful to and humbled by many of the other BIPOC environmental professionals who work across the Pacific Northwest and Salish Sea region. Their work has allowed the continuous discussions and progress that is necessary for a more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive future.

Finally, we are forever grateful for each member of this planning committee. Over the course of planning this Symposium, we have continued to challenge and grow with each other.

Sponsored by:

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Cascadia Consulting Group
Culture SHIFT
Front and Centered
The Nature Conservancy
PCC Community Markets
Puget Sound Partnership
Seattle Aquarium
UW EarthLab
Washington Sea Grant