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Wednesday, January 31 • 10:40am - 11:00am
SYMPOSIA-15: Creating a Culture of Inclusivity & Equity in Your Community Science Programs

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AUTHORS. August M. Ball, Cream City Conservation & Milwaukee County Parks

ABSTRACT. Organized initiatives in which community members take part in scientific data collection and research (otherwise known as “Citizen” Science) have been effective in engaging non-traditional scientists in the pursuit of scientific knowledge, practice and environmental stewardship.  However, demographic analysis of “citizen” science projects suggest that most participants are white, middle-class and highly educated (e.g. Raddick et al. 2010)  As more environmental educators recognize the need to engage participants from vast socio-economic backgrounds, (especially members of traditionally disenfranchised communities who are more likely to be directly affected by the ecological issues studied) it is critical that we evaluate the accessibility, equitability and cultural relevancy of how we engage diverse groups of voices.This presentation will provide evidence-based tools and actionable steps to improve cultural inclusiveness in “citizen” science and in turn increase the reach of our ecological community through inspired and improved efficacy of processes and projects. 

Wednesday January 31, 2018 10:40am - 11:00am CST
101B