Audubon Nature Institute acknowledges the sadness and unrest that exists in our community and our country. The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the many who came before them even in our own community have caused significant pain and our community demands change. 

We join our community in solidarity and in support of social and racial justice, and equity for all.   

Audubon can and will do better. We must listen to our black employees, guests, members and board members. We must acknowledge the truth that the black community has faced systemic injustices including inequalities and prejudice in education, economic opportunities, health and other basic arenas. We must stand up against these injustices. 

Our whole community needs thoughtful and meaningful action and Audubon vows to be part of the solution. 

The entire Audubon team will create and implement a plan for recognizable change regarding our diversity and inclusion efforts. To start, Audubon is creating a Diversity and Inclusion Committee for employees across departments and we encourage anyone who would like to join to contact Human Resources. We are also creating a Joint Diversity and Inclusion Committee made up of Audubon Commission members and Audubon Nature Institute board members, which will help us broaden the discussion of equity at Audubon. 

Additionally, the plan will maximize efforts to have real impact by:

  • Listening to and elevating diverse voices within our organization and across departments;
  • Taking quick action if inequalities at our workplace are reported;
  • Training our team on unconscious bias;
  • Increasing participation of minority-owned businesses in Audubon contracts;
  • Committing to recruitment and hiring efforts that increase diversity across all departments, especially in management positions and on animal care teams; 
  • Ensuring that we are actively participating in community efforts to eradicate social and racial injustices through education and programming

We will revel in the diversity of our community the way we do in the diversity found in nature, and we will support and empower actions that promote the betterment of human nature. 

 “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”   ----Martin Luther King