All tagged Inclusion and Diversity

Hear from panelists who are leaders in the ECCC network who have dedicated 15+ years to their work and ministry. Maintaining a healthy work/life balance, dedication, self-care, and professional decision-making are all essentials to a long-term career in camp and retreat ministry. This panel will provide a thorough "how-to" from experienced executive leaders.

In partnership with the Claggett Center and Diocese of Maryland, for 2020, ECCC will offer five full scholarships and 20 partial scholarships (accommodations and meals; the remaining balance will be $200) to the Annual Conference.

These scholarships are available to self-identifying members of underrepresented or marginalized populations, currently serving, or interested in serving, in rising leadership positions at an Episcopal summer camp, retreat center, or conference center. We invite you to consider with intentionality the members of your staff and community who may be interested in, contribute to, and benefit from attending ECCC’s Annual Conference, and support them in applying and attending.

The Darwin Convention Centre launched a Seven Seasons menu, designed as a culinary journey inspired by the Gulumoerrgin (Larrakia) Seasons. The Larrakia people are the traditional owners of the region. The menu provides guests the opportunity to experience the dramatic changes of the Gulumoerrgin seasons and the corresponding impact these changes have on the sights, sounds, landscape and natural habitat.

What inspiration can our conference centers glean from this initiative?

In 2017, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation partnered with researchers at the University of Connecticut to deploy a comprehensive survey capturing the experiences of LGBTQ youth in their family settings, schools, social circles and communities.

“Only 27% of LGBTQ youth can “definitely” be themselves in school as an LGBTQ person.”

Publicly acknowledging the original stewards of the land you are on can be a meaningful way to honor indigenous peoples and resist erasure of their histories. The power of an acknowledgement lies in learning as much as you can about local treaties and practices, while working to build accountable relationships.

Equity recognizes that not only do we vary demographically, but not all individuals start from the same place. Some have a head start and more influence than others. Equity assigns the same intrinsic value to each person. Every voice matters, and every voice has weight. Equity is the intentional modeling of a just working environment, one that is self-aware and self-sustaining, engaged in challenging intentional and unintentional forms of bias and discrimination while promoting wholesome, fair alternatives.

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For green-leaning individuals, groups and politicians, the need to represent communities that are most vulnerable to environmental problems is nothing less than a moral imperative. But it also represents an opportunity: an opportunity to engage those who are most committed to finding environmental solutions. And an opportunity to build a more just and inclusive environmentalism that looks as much like Flint, Michigan as it does like the glittering shores of Lake Michigan.

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Too often in schools and camps, there are accepted practices and expectations that may be in conflict with others’ cultural norms.

Meeting diverse audiences where they are is critical to building trusting relationships with the families we want to recruit. The everyday life experiences of many people of color and diverse backgrounds have taught them to be leery of entering spaces and asking questions in areas where the dominant social norms may not be their own. Take time to go to them. When you meet diverse audiences where they are, you have taken an important first step. Consider utilizing a public venue such as a community festival for meeting people of different racial and cultural backgrounds. Many of these festivals will allow organizations to provide information booths where pamphlets and other resources can be provided. Some of these materials may need to be available in different languages.