Customizing Environmental Education, Training, and Employment Opportunities to Rapidly Changing American Demographics: Hispanic Communities

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National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program Presentation, March 27, 2014


<ul><li><p>Customizing Environmental Education, Training, and </p><p>Employment Opportunities to Rapidly Changing </p><p>American Demographics:</p><p>Hispanic Communities</p><p>Panelists and Contributors</p><p>USDA Forest Service</p><p>Kimberly Winter, Ph.D., NatureWatch Program Leader</p><p>Pedro Nieto, M.Ed., National Equal Employment Manager</p><p>Tamberly Conway, Ph.D., Diversity and Inclusion Specialist</p><p>Environment for the Americas </p><p>Natasha Kerr, M.A., Diversity Outreach Coordinator</p><p>USDA Forest Service &amp; Environment for the Americas </p><p>Sergio DeHoyos, M.Eng., FS-EFTA Celebrate Shorebirds Intern </p><p>and</p><p>FS Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Intern</p></li><li><p>USDA Forest Service &amp; Environment for the Americas</p><p>Panel Overview</p><p>Status Report - USDA and Forest Service Efforts </p><p>Toward Diversity and Inclusion</p><p>Successful Outreach Education </p><p>and Internship Programs</p><p>Recommendations</p></li><li><p>Why keep pushing for diversity in natural resources activities </p><p>and hiring if they havent come to us already? </p><p> Diversity in the melting pot of the U.S.A. is who we are as Americans: we embrace the </p><p>cultures, skills, and creativity of people </p><p>from every walk of life and every country </p><p>on Earth. </p><p> Diversity provides resiliency against the dynamic forces of change; drawing from </p><p>the unique strengths of individuals to </p><p>support a system thats even better than its parts. </p><p> Federal employers serve the American public, and their workforces should reflect </p><p>trends in the growing demographic </p><p>diversity of that public. </p></li><li><p>Why keep pushing for diversity in natural resources activities </p><p>and hiring if they havent come to us already? </p><p>Answer: We are not (yet) reaching people where they are </p><p>culturally, linguistically, or geographically.</p><p>(Hint: If we were, there would be no they)</p></li><li><p>Hispanic Diversity and Inclusion at the </p><p>U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service</p><p>USDA Forest Service </p><p>Environment for the Americas </p><p>Sergio DeHoyos-Irizarry, M.Eng.</p><p>Intern, FS-EFTA Celebrate Shorebirds and</p><p>FS-Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities</p><p>USDA Forest Service</p><p>Pedro Nieto, M.Ed.</p><p>National Equal Employment Manager</p><p>Civil Rights Staff, Special Emphasis Programs</p></li><li><p>2010 Latino Population </p><p>Distribution by U.S. County </p><p>(U.S. Census Bureau, 2011)</p></li><li><p>Workforce Statistics (U.S. Federal Government)</p></li><li><p>Hispanic Workers by State</p></li><li><p>STEM Representation by Race</p></li><li><p>Hispanic Workforce Composition</p><p>U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service</p></li><li><p>Hispanic Workforce Composition</p><p>U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service</p><p>Permanent Workforce</p><p>Hispanic Men Hispanic Women All Hispanics</p><p>MO/YR All # FS % CLF # FS % CLF # FS % CLF</p><p>Sep-13 28817 1467 4.87% 5.17% 786 2.61% 4.79% 2253 7.48% 9.96%</p><p>Mar-14 28337 1460 5.15% 5.17% 780 2.75% 4.79% 2240 7.90% 9.96%</p><p>The data reflects that overall, Hispanic employees have representation rates </p><p>below the 2010 National Civilian Labor Force (CLF)</p></li><li><p>Hispanic Workforce Composition</p><p>U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service</p><p>Permanent Workforce Critical Occupational </p><p>Hispanic Men Hispanic Women All Hispanics</p><p>FS CRITICAL </p><p>OCCUPATIONAL SERIES Total # # FS %</p><p>Series </p><p>CLF # FS %</p><p>Series </p><p>CLF # FS %</p><p>Series </p><p>CLF</p><p>0301 Misc. Admin &amp; Program 1185 45 3.80% 3.70% 46 3.88% 6.20% 91 7.68% 9.80%</p><p>0340 Program Management 677 41 6.06% 3.70% 10 1.48% 6.20% 51 7.53% 9.80%</p><p>0401 Biologist 2160 84 3.89% 2.70% 39 1.81% 2.60% 123 3.00% 5.20%</p><p>0460 Forester 1439 43 2.99% 2.00% 7 0.49% 0.40% 50 2.00% 2.40%</p><p>0462 Forestry Technicians 8216 717 8.73% 4.60% 87 1.06% 4.00% 804 9.79% 8.60%</p><p>0470 Soil Scientist 128 4 3.13% 3.70% 4 3.13% 1.00% 8 6.25% 4.70%</p><p>0486 Wildlife Biologist 594 31 5.22% 2.70% 17 2.86% 2.60% 48 8.08% 5.20%</p><p>0810 Civil Engineer 589 42 7.13% 4.50% 15 2.55% 1.00% 57 3.50% 5.50%</p><p>1101 Gen Business &amp; Industry 423 7 1.65% 3.70% 20 4.73% 6.20% 27 6.38% 9.80%</p><p>2210 Information Technology 643 27 4.20% 5.80% 18 4.30% 2.30% 45 7.00% 8.10%</p><p>Red and italics indicate that the grade representation rate is below the overall onboard representation rate.</p><p>Source: National Finance Center Reporting Center Report Minority Grade Profile as of March 2, 2014</p></li><li><p>Educational Paths and Employment</p></li><li><p>The objective of Forest Service Special Emphasis Programs (SEP) is to administer individual </p><p>programs which are a part of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program. The Special </p><p>Emphasis Program Managers (SEPM) serves as subject-matter experts regarding the hiring, </p><p>career advancement and retention of the employees. </p><p>They help identify and take affirmative steps to ensure that all Forest Service employees have </p><p>an equal opportunity to compete fairly in all aspects of Agency employment, e.g., recruitment, </p><p>training, upward mobility, career counseling, developmental details, promotions, and any </p><p>other condition of employment. </p><p>USDA-Forest Service Civil Rights </p><p>Special Programs</p></li><li><p>Forest Service Agreements with USDA &amp; </p><p>Hispanic Serving Institutes</p><p>52 different institutions from 8 states and </p><p>Puerto Rico submitted 76 proposals for </p><p>consideration for funding for this year, the </p><p>15th year of the program. </p><p>Institutions submitting proposals were from: </p><p>Arizona (5), California (23), Florida (3), </p><p>Illinois (5), New Mexico (5), New York (1), </p><p>Texas (26), Washington (1), and Puerto Rico </p><p>(7). </p><p>These proposals requested the following per </p><p>year of USDA funding: </p><p>Fiscal Year 2011: $26,153,028.00 </p><p>Fiscal Year 2012: $40,936,149.00 </p><p>USDA-Forest Service Civil Rights </p><p>Capacity Building Programs: Hispanic Serving Institutions</p></li><li><p>Forest Service California Consortium Objective: to strengthen </p><p>community outreach, recruitment, and capacity building programs.</p><p>Targeted outreach to Hispanic and Asian communities.</p><p>Initiatives emphasize employment opportunities, but also integrate </p><p>community collaboration, encouraging underserved communities to </p><p>promote healthy ecosystems through forest management planning.</p><p>Projects implemented include forest ecosystem enhancement, </p><p>conservation, maintenance, and restoration. </p><p>USDA-Forest Service Civil Rights </p><p>Capacity Building Program: California Consortium</p></li><li><p>Budget (Fiscal Year 2012)</p><p>The Forest Service contributed $460,502.00 </p><p>for Hispanic Serving Institutes (HSI)</p><p>Accountability</p><p> Total Enrollment: 41 positions (23 Females, 18 Males)</p><p> Mission Critical Job Series: 98%</p><p> Student Job Satisfaction Rate: 94% </p><p> Supervisor Feedback: Student Superior Performance Rate: 95% </p><p>HSI Cost FY 2012: </p><p>Fall 2011: $13498.00 (15 weeks), Spring 2012: $13498.00 (15 weeks)</p><p>Summer 2012: $10599.00 (10 weeks), Fall 2012: $13606.00 (15 weeks)</p><p>USDA-Forest Service Civil Rights </p><p>Capacity Building Programs: Hispanic Serving Institutions</p></li><li><p>Budget Fiscal Year-2013</p><p>The Forest Service contributed $389,788.00 for </p><p>Hispanic Serving Institutes (HSI) </p><p>Accountability</p><p> Total Enrollment: 32 positions (16 Females, 16 Males) </p><p> Mission Critical Job Series: 98%</p><p> Student Job Satisfaction Rate: 98% </p><p> Supervisor Feedback: Student Superior Performance Rate: 95% </p><p>HSI Cost FY 13: </p><p>Fall 2012: $13,606.00 (15 weeks) </p><p>Spring 2013: $13,606.00 (15 weeks) </p><p>Summer 2013: $10,678.00 (10 weeks)</p><p>USDA-Forest Service Civil Rights </p><p>Capacity Building Programs: Hispanic Serving Institutions</p></li><li><p>USDA Forest Service</p><p>Tamberly Conway, Ph.D. </p><p>Partnerships, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist</p><p>FS Conservation Education Programs</p><p>Conservation Education and Community Outreach: </p><p>USFS &amp; Partner Programs Integrating Tools, Methods, and </p><p>Techniques to Reach Latino Audiences</p></li><li><p>Latino Legacy</p></li><li><p>Mexico(51%)</p><p>U.S.(30%)</p><p>Central America</p><p>(13%)</p><p>South America</p><p>(6%)</p><p>Country of Origin</p><p>0-9 yrs. (27%)</p><p>10-19 yrs.(42%)</p><p>20-29 yrs. (17%)</p><p>30-79 yrs. (14%)</p><p>Time Spent Living in the U.S.</p><p>U.S. Forest Service-funded study assessed a conservation </p><p>education and community outreach pilot program </p><p>(Latino Legacy)</p></li><li><p>Bilingual children </p><p>(n=210) </p><p>(89%)</p><p>Spanish (67%)</p><p>English33%</p><p>Survey Language</p><p>Spanish(40%)</p><p>English(6%)</p><p>Bilingual(54%)</p><p>Spoken Language</p><p>Spanish(40%)</p><p>English(10%)</p><p>Bilingual(50%)</p><p>Language Read</p><p>Spanish (68%)</p><p>English(16%)</p><p>Spanish and </p><p>English(16%)</p><p>Language Spoken at Home</p><p>Spanish (56%)</p><p>English (29%)</p><p>Bilingual(15%)</p><p>Preferred Language to Receive Conservation Education Programs</p><p>Language Usage</p></li><li><p> 30% born in the U.S. and 80% with a college degree selected the survey in Spanish</p><p> 45% born in the U.S., 50% living in the U.S. for 20-29 yrs. speak Spanish at home</p><p> 25% with a college degree and 70% with less than a high school degree could read only Spanish</p><p> 50% in all education levels preferred Spanish language programs</p><p> Findings support literature and beliefs that Spanish is an important aspect of maintaining cultural ties</p><p>Findings from analysis of 321 Latino respondents in Texas indicated that, on average, </p><p>Latinos preferred information and programmatic delivery in Spanish. </p><p>Language Usage Related to Demographic Variables</p></li><li><p> Use of Spanish language in the U.S. is prevalent and will continue into future</p><p> Need for printed materials and conservation education/interpretive </p><p>programs and community outreach in Spanish</p><p> Levels of interest in conservation topics important to the USFS</p><p> Likelihood to attend programs related to USFS topics is high</p><p> Use of hands-on experiences and utilization of wildlife are very effective </p><p>attractions/educational tools that may be used to reach the Latino community</p></li><li><p>A Model for Green Communities</p><p>Project Learning Tree/Forest Service GreenSchools!</p></li><li><p> Engages students, teachers, administrators and community (approximately 90% Latino) in conservation education and action</p><p> Enlists schools in a feeder pattern from early childhood through high school levels (GreenSchools! Greenbelt) </p><p> Focuses on creating avenues to higher education and career pathways in natural resource conservation and management</p></li><li><p>Capacity building through partnership and collaboration among </p><p>traditional and non-traditional partners has inspired a green movement within the community that continues to blossom and grow </p><p>with conservation education and stewardship actions.</p><p>Fruit Tree Planting Foundation</p></li><li><p>El Buho Woodsy (Woodsy Owl)</p></li><li><p>FSNatureLIVE Distance Learning Adventures</p><p></p><p>- bi-and sometimes tri-national</p><p>- MonarchLIVE! (US, Mexico and Canada)</p><p>- PollinatorLIVE! (Polinizadores enVIVO!</p><p>in Spanish)</p></li><li><p> Provide volunteer, internship and employment opportunities</p><p> Employ knowledgeable and prepared Latinos in order to maintain a relevant cultural perspective</p><p> Increase the number of Latinos and Spanish-speaking individuals within agencies and organizations to better mirror the faces of the public we serve</p></li><li><p>Power of PartnershipsSowing the seeds</p></li><li><p>harvesting the bounty!</p></li><li><p>USDA Forest Service</p><p>Tamberly Conway, Ph.D. </p><p>Partnerships, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist</p><p>FS Conservation Education Programs</p><p>Conservation Education and Community Outreach Tools, </p><p>Methods, and Techniques to Reach Latino Audiences</p></li><li><p>Hispanic Youth Field Training &amp; Community Outreach </p><p>Environment for the Americas Celebrate Shorebirds Internship Program</p><p>Environment for the Americas </p><p>Natasha Kerr, M.A.</p><p>Diversity Outreach Coordinator</p><p>Sergio DeHoyos-Irizarry, M.Eng.</p><p>Celebrate Shorebirds Intern</p></li><li><p> Over 350 species of migratory birds travel throughout Western Hemisphere</p><p> Migratory link between communities and wildlife</p><p>Environment for the Americas </p><p>Home of International Migratory Bird Day</p></li><li><p>Americas Great Outdoors funding of </p><p>8 Latino youth interns in: Alaska, Oregon, </p><p>California, Washington, D.C., and Colorado</p><p>Objectives: </p><p> Train Latino youth in wildlife research &amp; environmental education</p><p> Connect youth to conservation careers</p><p> Engaging diverse communities in bird conservation</p><p> Conduct migratory shorebird monitoring for international research</p><p>Environment for the Americas </p><p>Celebrate Shorebirds Latino Internship Program</p></li><li><p> Beginners please apply! </p><p> Sense of community among cohort of interns </p><p> Ongoing mentorship</p><p> Networking opportunities </p><p> Substantive research and other skill-building opportunities </p><p> Paid internship, some include lodging </p><p> Latinos belong in this field!</p><p>Celebrate Shorebirds Latino Internship Program</p><p>Connecting Youth to Conservation Agencies</p></li><li><p> WetlandsLIVE online distance learning program </p><p> Intensive shorebird monitoring at a critical </p><p>migration stop-over site </p><p> Latino media outreach </p><p> Shorebird Festival </p><p> Environmental Education </p><p>Celebrate Shorebirds Latino Internship Program</p><p>Copper River Delta, Alaska </p><p>U.S. Forest Service Intern Placement</p></li><li><p>Completion of 1,700 hours gathering data on migratory</p><p>and nesting shorebirds of Pacific Coast </p><p>Environment for the Americas </p><p>2013 Project Accomplishments</p></li><li><p>Involvement of 8,000 youth and adults, primarily Latino, in </p><p>education programs about birds and their conservation</p><p>Celebrate Shorebirds Latino Internship Program</p><p>Community Engagement</p></li><li><p>Celebrate Shorebirds Latino Internship Program</p><p>Where Are They Now?</p></li><li><p> Leveraging resources Connecting new audiences to public lands Diversifying conservation workforce</p><p>Celebrate Shorebirds Latino Internship Program</p><p>Benefits of Partnership</p></li><li><p>EFTA Celebrating Shorebirds Interns </p><p>Host Agency Staff (Forest Service):</p><p> Gain perspective on how interns (and possibly the interns communities/culture) view natural resources </p><p> Expose hidden communication and institutional barriers that may be blocking real inclusion of the public in FS outreach</p><p> Learn technical Spanish words specific to FS jobs and audiences</p><p> Earn credibility through communications and actions that reflect the needs and cultural perspectives of FS constituents</p><p> Demonstrate leadership through mentoring</p><p> Enjoy the technical assistance and work output of interns </p><p> Walk the talk as an agency of diversity and inclusion</p></li><li><p> </p><p>Connecting Cultures Toolkit:</p><p>EFTA Celebrating Shorebirds </p><p>Follow our 2014 Interns!</p></li><li><p>Hispanic Youth Field Training &amp; Community Outreach </p><p>Environment for the Americas Celebrate Shorebirds Internship Program</p><p>Environment for the Americas </p><p>Natasha Kerr, M.A.</p><p>Diversity Outreach Coordinator</p><p></p><p>303-499-1950</p><p>Celebrate Shorebirds </p><p>2014 Sponsors</p></li><li><p>Recommendations for Customizing </p><p>Approaches to Growing Demographics</p><p>Training</p><p> Expand scope of marketing natural resources job postings</p><p> Prepare potential applicants (training, mentoring)</p><p> Reach people where they are (not just where agencies or distant public lands are located, not just in one language)</p><p> Foster public-private partnerships (esp. academic institutions with high densities of under-represented </p><p>demographics)</p><p> Focus on representing the unique demographics of your region, with an eye for changes in American society</p></li><li><p>Recommendations for Customizing </p><p>Approaches to Growing Demographics</p><p>Institutional Strategies</p><p> Provide cultural sensitivity training for employees</p><p> Collaborate with local organizations representing predominant minorities</p><p> Identify internal (within agency) mentors</p><p> Showcase programs that have successfully integrated different cultural perspectives and skills</p></li><li><p>Recommendations for Customizing </p><p>Approaches to Growing Demographics</p><p>Institutional Strategies</p><p> Ask representatives from underserved communities for feedback and guidance, especially in planning discussions</p><p> Monitor and evaluate progress towards diversity goals (be honest and continue to adapt your approaches)</p><p> Ensure t...</p></li></ul>


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