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Safe Space Commitment: Resources


In the spirit of creating a community for sharing this journey and collective growth on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ), the DEIJ subcommittee has dedicated this page to providing individuals and organizations with a list of resources suggested by the Safe Space Commitment coalition. The list below is not an endorsement of resources and instead is intended to serve as an informational guide for organizations and community leaders as allies of black, indigenous, and people of color in the outdoors to learn and growth together.

The searchable, sortable list includes articles, videos, books, podcasts, and other suggested materials that may help you and your organization on your journey. The DEIJ subcommittee also welcomes anyone interested in sharing resources to take this short online survey to submit resources and help us build this guide.

DEIJ Resources

Title Author/Organization Type Key Point(s) Cost
wdt_ID Title Author/Organization Type Key Point(s) Cost
3 Bystander Intervention Training Hollaback! Training or Workshop You'll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. Maybe, Donations Requested
5 Birding While Black: A Candid Conversation National Audubon Society Movie, Video, or Webinar Session 1 is a candid conversation with young Black birdwatchers talking about their stories of discovering birds and their unique experiences of birding while Black in America. No
6 How to Be an Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi Book The book talks about different types of racism and for each type what it means to be anti-racist. It is concise, easy to read, insightful, and a must read for anyone who wants to dig deeper into what anti-racism work looks like. Yes, $29.00
7 Anti Racism in the Outdoors Compiled by Don Rakow, Cornell University & Laura Brown, University of Connecticut Webpage An extremely extensive list of organizations, presentations, podcasts, books, and other readings about anti racism in the outdoors. No
8 Me and White Supremacy Layla F. Saad Book A "workbook" with daily "challenges" for 28 days. Each day (chapter) covers a concept and has prompts for self reflection and journaling. Daily challenges are short (but substantive) and does not take a lot of time (but requires a lot of thinking). Yes, $12.90
9 Ten steps to protect BIPOC Scholars in the Field J. Anadu, H. Ali and C. Jackson Article (magazine, journal, newspaper, research, blog) A short article that first presents the challenges that BIPOC students frequently face in conducting field work. It outlines the cultural shift that needs to take place in academia to foster a safe environment for everyone when practicing field work. No
10 Ten simple rules for building an antiracist lab V. Bala Chaudhary and Asmeret Asefaw Berhe Article (magazine, journal, newspaper, research, blog) This paper outlines ten rules/steps with implementation guidelines and reasoning that "contribute to antiracist STEM discourse and immediate achievable action," to use when building an anti-racist lab. No
11 Safe fieldwork strategies for at-risk individuals, their supervisors and institutions Amelia-Juliette Claire Demery & Monique Avery Pipkin Article (magazine, journal, newspaper, research, blog) As a result of identity prejudice, certain individuals are more vulnerable to conflict and violence when they are in the field. This article lays out recommended strategies to minimize risk for all individuals conducting fieldwork. Maybe, $8.99 (if not a subscriber)