Fully Serving the Underserved
A Virtual Workshop

Join the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Education and Engagement Team for a virtual workshop, “Fully Serving the Underserved.” Four sessions, spaced over two days, will discuss working with diverse audiences. The goal is to create an informative, professional development and peer-to-peer learning workshop to engage and support underserved and underrepresented populations.

 

Registration is full. Please contact Christina Mohrman to get on a waiting list.

Keynote Speaker

Clinton Johnson leads the Racial Equity Team at Esri, the global market leader in GIS mapping technology. He is the founder of NorthStar, Esri’s employee resource group focused on increasing representation, inclusion, and belonging for people of African descent in GIS. He is a long-standing and tireless advocate for underrepresented groups in STEM.

Mr. Johnson’s keynote will focus on understanding real-world challenges faced by diverse communities and finding creative, practical solutions. He will share racial equity best practices developed over the last several years that empower people and communities to increase awareness, understanding, and collaboration.

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THE PROGRAM

BUILDING THE FOUNDATION
Introduction to underrepresented and underserved populations

Tuesday morning, January 12th

Welcome & Purpose

Host Jeanne Allen, EPA Gulf of Mexico Division, Lead, Gulf of Mexico Alliance Education & Engagement Team Working Group
Moderator Suraida Nanez-James, Founder, Gulf Reach

A Word from Our Sponsor

Foster Wade, Equinor

About the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and the Education and Engagement Team

Laura Bowie, Executive Director

Who Are the Underserved?

Brian Mast, Public Historian, Black Belt Museum, University of West Alabama and certified with the National Association of Interpretation

Understanding and identifying undeserved populations within our communities, this interactive icebreaker will introduce us to who these stakeholders are.
Mr. Mast will address autism and dispelling myths. He will set the stage for an equal discussion field using the same references for our workshop.

Our Keynote Speaker

Clinton Johnson, Solution Architect, Esri

Racial equity, inclusion, and belonging, Mr. Johnson will take us on an in-depth discussion of challenges and opportunities related to working with underrepresented and underserved populations in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Touch points may include working definitions of equity and inclusion, inclusive language, racial intersectionality, location and equity, unserved, place and race  as they connect to spatial analysis. A question and answer session will follow.

IDENTIFY
Tools for identifying underrepresented groups and working with trusted community leaders

Tuesday afternoon, January 12th

Welcome Back

Let’s remember our session etiquette and what we did this morning. We will review our afternoon agenda and take a quick poll check on who is new, who’s rejoined us, and what it means to “identify” underserved audiences?

Host: Jeanne Allen
Moderator: Dana Lawson, Nature’s Academy

Our Panelists

Our session objective is to learn techniques to properly identify underserved and underrepresented populations. A question and answer session will follow their presentations.

    • Carey Schafer, Science Policy Fellow, Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative
      Ms. Schafer will discuss tools to identify communities of interest, the vulnerability index, and identifying risk.
    • Candace Hollingsworth, The CorpS Network
      Ms. Hollingsworth will address opportunities for the economically disadvantaged and identifying communities that need these services and support.

Breakout Scenario

In this interactive session, we will utilize the best practices we just learned.

The purpose of this breakout session is to review and use the information provided in today’s dialog on identifying underserved audiences. We will first review key terms/concepts used this morning and with our afternoon panelists. Then, applying this understanding, we will look for vulnerabilities in a fictitious town “Egret Bayou”.

Reflection 

We all return to the group session. Moderator Dana Lawson will guide us through a brief reflection on what we learned in our breakouts. How did it go? Did you learn something unexpected? We will also review what will happen in day two.

Moderator Dana Lawson
Host Jeanne Allen

ENGAGE
Building relationships and principles to follow

Wednesday morning, January 13th

Good Morning & Welcome Back

We will review our purpose, program etiquette, and what happened on the program’s first day. Who’s here? A quick interactive will help identify new and returning participants.

Host Jeanne Allen
Moderator Stephanie Mathes, Director of Gulf Operations, The Corps Network

Our Panelists

Our session objective is to learn techniques to actively engage underserved and underrepresented populations. What does it take to engage? A question and answer session will follow these presentations.

    • Coral Lozada, Harte Research Institute
      A doctoral student, Ms. Lozada researches benchmarks for policies and adaptive co-management.
    • Joe Taylor, Director, Franklin’s Promise Coalition
      Mr. Taylor will discuss identifying the problems, recognizing the expertise in the community, and how community members can contribute to solutions.
    • Kristina Peterson and Theresa Dardar, The Lowlander Center & Pointe-Au-Chien Tribe
      They will cover basic principles to follow when engaging the Tribe. They will discuss honoring those not honored before, helping to elevate their voices.

Breakout Scenario

In this interactive session, we will utilize the best practices we just learned.

The purpose of this breakout session is to review and use the information provided in yesterday’s identify session and build on it with today’s engage session information. We will first review the results of yesterday’s breakout activity. Then, applying this understanding, we will investigate engaging the fictitious community of “Egret Bayou”.

Reflection

We all return to the group session. Moderator Stephanie Mathes will guide us through a brief reflection on what we learned in our breakouts. How did it go? Did you learn something unexpected?
We will review what to expect in the afternoon session on support diverse populations.

Moderator Stephanie Mathes
Host Jeanne Allen

SUPPORT
Special considerations and addressing barriers to full participation

Wednesday afternoon, January 13

Our Final Session

Welcome back to our final session. We will provide a brief reminder of our program etiquette and a short overview of what we did in our previous sessions.
A final pulse check will see who is in our session and introduce the idea of supporting diverse communities.

Host Jeanne Allen
Moderator Alma Robichaux, Education/Outreach Coordinator Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program

Our session objective this afternoon is to understand some of the resources needed to support underserved populations. They may not be what you think. A question and answer session will follow these presentations.

    • Avery Sward, Education Coordinator, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
      Ms. Sward will discuss work with the VA hospital in Biloxi, MS. They support veteran therapy with programming that relates to art, education, field trips, and NERR issues.
    • Patty Whitney, Director, Bayou History Center
      Ms. Whitney has a long history developing dialog and working towards social justice by speaking up for communities and connecting them to the right people to help solve problems.
    • Dana Lawson, Executive Director, Nature’s Academy, and advocate for the disabled
      Ms. Lawson will reflect on what it takes to support programs and keep them going. As a cancer survivor, she has a unique perspective when working with the disabled.

Breakout Scenario

In this interactive session, we will utilize the best practices we just learned.

The purpose of this final breakout session is to use the information gained during the workshop. We will review key audiences, how to engage, and now add ways to support them. Based on this afternoon’s panel discussion, participants will brainstorm ways to support selected audiences in Egret Bayou.

Reflection

We all return to the group session. Moderator Alma Robichaux will guide us through a brief reflection on what we learned in our breakouts. How did it go? Did you learn something unexpected?
Moderator Alma Robichaux

Next Steps for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance

We want to practice what we’ve taught. How do we follow-up on this effort? Are there actions we should take?
Host Jeanne Allen

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