Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Stronger Together

At Friends of the Eel River we are working to protect and recover the Wild and Scenic Eel River, its fisheries, and communities. To achieve this objective, we must approach our work with systemic equity. Because diversity is a core value for our organization, we strive to make our work inclusive by addressing the roots of white supremacy culture. This involves promoting diverse perspectives, fostering an inclusive environment among our leadership team, and increasing equity in activism by improving access to resources and information.

Specific Goals

  • Improve diverse representation among our Board of Directors
  • Work closely with Indigenous allies and support their projects
  • Accept funding only from institutional sources with strong Diversity, Equity and Inclusion values
  • Invest in socially responsible banking and financial institutions
  • Use our communication platforms to create space for perspectives which have been historically underrepresented


Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture
FromĀ Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001

Kimberle Crenshaw’s Ted Talk “The Urgency of Intersectionality”
October 2016

I’m a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet.
Published June 3, 2020 by Dr. Ayana Johnson in the Washington Post.

Building an Anti-Racist Environmental Movement Must Start With Us
Published June 26, 2020 by the League of Conservation Voters

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources from EDUCAUSE

Indigenous Peoples of the Eel River Watershed

This is an incomplete list of the Indigenous peoples of the Eel River watershed.

Wiyot Tribe

Bear River Band Rancheria

Cahto Tribe of Laytonville Rancheria

Round Valley Indian Tribes