We recognize that not everyone feels safe or welcome in the outdoors due to racism, bias, and hate; we have committed to being a part of the solution to changing that.
Establish a culture of anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion to build a movement where hikers in Oregon feel safe and welcome in outdoor spaces.
The goal of dismantling white supremacy is liberation. Liberation is possible and will allow access to the outdoors to everyone. TKO’s vision is that Oregon’s trails are a place where people can go to connect with nature and one another. They are accessible and welcoming to all communities.
TKO seeks to make Oregon’s trails a place where people can go to connect with nature & one another. Not everyone feels safe & welcome in the outdoors due to racism, bias & hate. We commit to being part of the solution to change that.
We create partnerships with diverse communities and work together to make trails and nature welcoming & accessible. We are working towards being more inclusive and equitable by integrating antiracism, diversity, and inclusion into the organization.
We develop an environment for learning with appropriate resources that can help relate, unify and support a diverse organization.
Develop sustainable structures to attract and retain a diverse board, employee and volunteer network within the organization that can be their authentic selves while in service to the organization.
We connect people with nature, inspiring a responsibility to maintain access to Oregon’s natural places.
We hold ourselves and our partner organizations accountable for strong DEI practices.
In order for TKO to be accountable for becoming a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, we have measured our presence, progress, and shortcomings through the Meyer-Memorial DEI Spectrum Tool. Individual board members and staff, lead volunteers, and TKO supporters have all participated in assessing where they believed TKO is across a spectrum. You can learn more about this tool at the MMT website.
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TKO envisions a DEI future and uses this vision to guide our DEI work.
TKO has institutionalized our commitment to DEI.
TKO leaders recognize the importance of DEI and prioritize resources, and lead the effort.
TKO has DEI policies and an organizational plan with clear goals, objectives and indicators of progress and success. The DEI Committee advises the TKO Board of Directors and staff to develop and implement policies that champion organizational equity.
TKO has committed resources and structures (e.g., an equity committee) to support the DEI transformation.
TKO fosters ongoing DEI learning and growth for its staff, management, and board.
TKO has policies and strategies for strengthening and maintaining diversity; staff, board and volunteer leaders are representative of the community they serve; effective retention strategies are implemented.
TKO routinely collects and analyzes disaggregated data for all programmatic and operational work and uses the information in planning and decision-making. We have established regular feedback mechanisms and reviews to gather information on who participates in TKO programming and monitor results for alignment with DEI goals.
Mutually beneficial, accountable, and equitable partnerships exist with diverse organizations and leaders from communities experiencing disparities.
TKO’s decisions are systematically guided by equity considerations. We are committed to consider the questions: “who has privilege/bias? and who is left out?” in decision making.
TKO develops mechanisms to create and maintain accountability to its constituents.
TKO values and reflects the voices, contributions, and interests of our diverse staff and stakeholders and has created systems, policies, and practices to maintain this organizational culture.
Here you will find links to materials we have developed in our efforts to make TKO a more equitable, inclusive, diverse, and welcoming organization. These materials were developed in collaboration with many partner organizations as well as individual volunteers.
We know this work cannot happen in a vacuum, so in an effort to pay it forward, we welcome you to utilize these materials however you like to inform your own work.
If you have any questions, or would like to connect further with our team, please contact us at email@example.com.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how you can help us advocate for Oregon’s trails. Or contact us at:
Trailkeepers of Oregon
P.O. Box 14814
Portland, Oregon 97293