Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion in the Environmental Movement
Our natural resources are strengthened through diversity, our organizations and partnerships, too, demonstrate strength through diversity and inclusion. Despite this understanding, research shows that many environmental NGOs, foundations, governmental agencies and academic departments have barriers to developing cultures inclusive of diversity.
In his keynote presentation, Marcelo Bonta will provide context and inspiration for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the environmental movement, discuss the critical need, highlight successful efforts and approaches, and share what is needed to create a successful and relevant environmental movement now and far into the future.
Bonta is a thought leader in the environmental movement. He brings almost two decades of experience, facilitating individual, organizational, and systemic DEI change processes, through process consulting, coaching, advising, trainings, leadership development programs, organizational strategies, insightful and groundbreaking articles.
7:15 a.m. --- Doors open at Ohio State 4-H Center; coffee served
7:40 a.m. --- Breakfast buffet served
8:10 a.m. --- Jeff Sharp, PhD. Director, School of Environment and Natural Resources provides welcome remarks
8:15 a.m. --- Marcelo Bontakeynote presentation “Justice, Equity, Inclusion, Diversity in the Environmental Movement”
9:05 a.m. --- Audience Q & A
9:25 a.m. --- Dr. Jeff Sharp’s closing comments and program concludes
Marcelo Bonta, president of Marcelo Bonta Consulting, LLC
A thought leader in the environmental movement, he brings almost two decades of experience, facilitating individual, organizational, and systemic DEI change processes, through process consulting, coaching, advising, trainings, leadership development programs, organizational strategies, insightful and groundbreaking articles, and keynote talks. Originally trained as a conservation biologist, Marcelo decided to dedicate his career to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) after finding himself the sole programmatic person of color at a national wildlife organization, experiencing firsthand the diversity challenge in mainstream environmental groups. His experiences led Marcelo to create the Center for Diversity & the Environment and run it for a decade, providing transformational trainings for thousands of leaders and organizational change processes for dozens of institutions. He also founded the Environmental Professionals of Color, a network for leaders of color to survive, thrive, lead, and innovate.Most recently, Marcelo served as a Principal in The Raben Group’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practice, supporting foundations and environmental organizations. Prior to Raben, Marcelo served as a Fellow at Meyer Memorial Trust, helping the private foundation develop and implement an equity framework to guide its grantmaking. Marcelo is driven by his vision of a future where his daughters may thrive in whatever occupation and lifestyle they choose; by the need to carve pathways through institutional and systemic challenges; by his love for wildlife; and by his faith.