Social Justice and Conservation

Conservation ethics is a topic of perennial interest and central importance to conservators. In the last few months there has been special attention on ethics within our profession as we grapple with the reality of racial inequity in conservation and in wider society. This webinar series provides participants with opportunities to learn from diverse speakers on critical issues that explore the intersection between conservation and social justice.

The Social Justice and Conservation series includes three free online webinars for the cultural heritage field followed by an online interactive workshop geared toward conservation professionals. Each webinar will start with short presentations by speakers with first-hand knowledge of the issue being addressed. These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion where participants can ask questions of the speakers. Drawing upon the content shared in the webinar series, FAIC will offer an interactive workshop in the spring, allowing participants to further evaluate their ethical framework in small groups. A facilitator will guide participants through this process, helping them question and examine long-held conservation stances.

Support

This program is supported by the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) Endowment for Professional Development. FAIC was created by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is supported by donations from members of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and its friends. Programs are made possible with the assistance of many AIC members, but no AIC membership dues were used to create or present this course. FAIC relies on your contributions to support these and its many other programs. Learn more about donating to the foundation here.

Thank you to AIC's Equity and Inclusion Committee (EIC) and Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) for assisting with the coordination of this program.