Equity and Inclusion

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s (JCWC) mission is to promote restoration and stewardship of a healthy Johnson Creek watershed through sound science and community engagement. JCWC aims to make our programs and community engagement efforts serve all residents of the watershed.

Equity Statement

Johnson Creek Watershed Council welcomes ALL people who live, work, and play around Johnson Creek. We acknowledge there is a legacy of systemic inequalities within our watershed. The Council is devoted to doing our part to heal the legacy of systemic racism and inequality  by enriching the lives of all people who touch Johnson Creek Watershed.

Community Engagement and Inclusion Committee

The Community Inclusion Committee (CI Committee) is a Board committee composed of JCWC staff, Board members, and community partners . The committee has organized to address equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work. This CI Committee meets monthly to discuss how JCWC can better represent our diverse watershed.

From September 2016 to January 2017 The Community Inclusion Committee completed the Coalition of Communities of Color Tool for Organizational Self-Assessment Regarding Racial Equity. At this point, the committee was composed of 3 board members and 4 staff members. Throughout this process, committee members identified goals and objectives for an Equity and Inclusion Plan. The Equity and Inclusion Plan is designed to guide the Council’s movement toward becoming a more equitable, inclusive, diverse, and anti-racist environmental organization.

Equity and Inclusion Plan

The Equity and Inclusion Plan is organized around three main categories: governance, facilities, and building community. These categories reflect the structure of the 2017-2022 JCWC Strategic Plan. These two guiding documents were created with the same structure at the same time to allow for the two to work together. The Equity and Inclusion Plan is active for 5 years, from 2017-2022.

Read Johnson Creek Watershed Council’s Equity and Inclusion Plan.

JCWC Programs Addressing Equity and Inclusion

Workforce Development Program

Internships for underrepresented youth

Confluence Americorps Member

Educational school field trips

Partnerships with culturally specific organizations