Parker is available to conduct presentations, educational sessions or training workshops at your location, workshop or conference. In her career as an Interpreter, an Environmental Educator, in the Camping Industry and as a Diversity Equity and Inclusion Trainer, Parker has presented sessions and workshops on a variety of subjects.
Parker’s background in the environmental education and interpretive fields spans over 16 years and includes programming for youth, adults and families, directing summer camps and E.E. Centers, work with inner city youth, and challenge course management. Parker holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her Masters of Science in Environmental Education and Interpretation from the University of Wisconsin – Steven Point.
Parker’s interest in diversity, equity and inclusion issues developed from her personal experiences facing the drastic lack of diversity in the environmental organization and green spaces. Parker tackles these complex issues by addressing them through head on activism and education. She is a member of several committees that focus on diversity in environmental fields as well as a presenter and trainer on diversity issues.
- Parker is a Member of the Diversity Committee for the North American Association for Environmental Education. She is a moderator and contributor for NAAEE’s EEPro Diversity Inclusion and Equity group.
- Parker is a member of the national board of directors for the National Association for Interpretation, where she heads the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee.
- Parker is also the creator of a new online resource forum called Ecoinclusive. Ecoinclusive provides resources for leadership at nature centers and residential environmental learning centers to aid them in building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff that reflects the populations that they educate.
Parker’s Recent /Upcoming Presentation and Training:
National Association for Interpretation National Conference (1/2 Day Diversity Workshop- Beyond Green: Diversifying EE through Personal and Organizational Cultural Competency) – Corpus Christi, TX 2016
Echo Hill Outdoor School (Staff Diversity Training) – Worton, MD 2016
North American Association for Environmental Education National Conference (Panel Session/Moderator: Solving the Diversity Deficit in EE: Pathways to Inclusion) – Madison, WI 2016
North American Association for Environmental Education National Conference (Presentation: Beyond Green: Diversifying EE through Personal and Organizational Cultural Competency) – Madison, WI 2016
National Association for Interpretation (Board DEI Training) – Fort Collins, CO -2016
Indiana University – Introduction to Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology Course (Guest Speaker covering issues of diversity and inclusion in green spaces) -Online 2016
Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education Conference (Presentation: Black, White and Green: Inclusion Methods for Diversity in Environmental Education) – Ocean City, MD -2016
North American Association for Environmental Education Conference (Presentation: Black, White and Green: Inclusion Methods for Diversity in Environmental Education) – San Diego, CA -2015
Parker’s previous presentations and workshops:
½ or Full Day Presentation or Workshop: Personal Culturally Competency
During this facilitated discussion or full day day workshop participants will examine personal attitudes, values and bias and how to obtain the principles, skills and qualities that will allow them to work successfully in cross cultural situations. This workshop is designed to give participants the opportunity to be self-reflective about their personal cultural shaping and to begin to understand the dynamics in our culture that impact our behavior.
2 hr Presentation: Black, White and Green: Inclusion Methods for Diversity in Environmental Education
“Black, White and Green: Inclusion Methods for Diversity in Environmental Education” acknowledges that providing career pathways that promote diverse EE workforces is only the first step. This presentation addresses ways to retain diverse interns and staff by creating hospitable organizational settings that nurture an atmosphere of welcome, support and respect for differences that is inclusive rather than exclusive.
½ or Full Day Workshop: Beyond Green: Diversifying EE through Personal and Organizational Cultural Competency
As environmental educators we believe that the environment is everyone’s responsibility to protect and everyone’s right to enjoy, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income. But how do we make connections to those that have a different cultural understanding than we do? Cultural competence is a key factor in enabling environmental educators to be effective with participants from cultures other than their own. Through a series of exercises and discussions participants will examine their personal cultural competence, increasing their ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with all people.
The goal of this workshop is for participants to begin to develop personal cultural competence and gain tools for examination of their organization’s cultural competence. Participants will do this through group discussions and self-reflective activities that allow them to examine their own cultural identity and views about difference. Exercises develop awareness and build skills which will lead to increased ability to understand our cultural shaping as individuals and institutions and examine ways to be more inclusive in our messaging and programming. Take home materials will be given to participant that outline ways to continue to grow personal competency and review organizational cultural competency.
Participants will explore
- The relationship between culture and the diversity.
- Looking at our individual cultural background, including privilege.
- What is the definition of unconscious bias and what are the cognitive processes which enable it?
- How do cultural values shape our attitudes and opinions, and affect our behavior?
- Skills for respectful dialogue across differences that can support us at work and in the community.
- Tools and strategies to manage behaviors in work and community environments.
- What cultural competence looks like at the organizational level. (Including cultural competence in the mission statement and policies. How can diversity be supported at all levels of the organization?)