Strategies and Visions to Diversify Residential Environmental Education (REE)
This qualitative study examines strategies, barriers, vision and resources needed for providing access to REE programs for multicultural urban youth (MUY) including: Mission and Vision, Recruitment and Retention of a Diverse Board and Staff, Funding, Partnerships and Collaboration, Programming, Cultural Competency, Marketing, and Accessibility.
“This is something with which the entire field of environmental education has struggled and hopefully it will not continue to struggle in perpetuity, but it will be a long slow road to seeing balance in the community of environmental education providers and to have providers really emulate and model and mirror the communities they hope to serve. It is going to be a while, but we are trying to figure out how we can help expedite that process and be instruments in the change” (Interviewee 14).
This research provides REE organizations with best practices for diversifying the REE field and providing access to REE programs for MUY. By focusing specifically on REE programs, this study adds to the current research in the EE field on increasing diversity, inclusiveness, and cultural competency.