2021 Seminar Series

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Opportunities through the Rocky Mountains CESU

Justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical issues that cross all aspects of science, scholarship, and resource management.  This series will explore how CESU partners are approaching these areas to foster positive change.

Seminar Recordings

February 18, 2021: Cooperative Eco-Cultural Restoration of American Bison Led by Native Nations

The Wolakota Buffalo Range was formally established in October 2020 with 100 bison released onto the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Lands. Join Dr. Brendan Moynahan (Science Advisor, National Park Service), Wizipan Little Elk (CEO, Rosebud Economic Development Corporation), and Dennis Jorgensen (Bison Program Lead, World Wildlife Fund) for active discussion on how partnership can simultaneously support conservation, cultural renewal, economic development, and food security and sovereignty. If you would like to read the transcript click here


March 24, 2021: Yellowstone Center for Resources Native Student Internship Program

Join Dr. Elizabeth Horton (Park Archaeologist) and Jen Harrington (Native American Natural Resource Program Director) in an important discussion on an unique partnership between Yellowstone National Park and the Native American Natural Resource Program in the Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana, Missoula. Their internship program is designed for Native American college students (18-35) to gain hands-on experience in natural and cultural resource management and education with the Yellowstone Center for Resources (YCR), with the goal that students can use skills learned to enter resource management careers in the NPS or other federal agencies. They will not only discuss the challenges and successful strategies implemented to increase student engagement, but also highlight student internship experiences. If you would like to read the transcript click here.


April 23, 2021: A Conversation with BIPOC Students on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Whether faculty, staff, students, or agency managers and scientists, we must continue to evolve in promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion across our academic, research, and management communities. Listen in on a conversation with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students from RM-CESU universities as they voice how they grapple with JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) issues in their academic journey. Be prepared to consider the role we can all play on campus, at our work, and in the field in cultivating diversity that is supported by inclusive and equitable practices. If you would like to read the transcript click here