This half-day short course will examine cultural impacts on our ability to build and maintain diverse teams and authentic community participation in watershed restoration, enhancement, and protection. We will use the neuroscience behind implicit bias and cultural conflicts to better understand how and why our biases impact our decision-making team cohesion, and the level of engagement community partners have in our projects. Along the way will learn specific barriers to engagement cited by members of historically disenfranchised cultural groups and identify strategies for diverting our biases to provide space for collaborations to grow.
By the end of the workshop, participants will understand (a) what implicit bias is, its connection to culture and cultural norms, how it impacts our teams and environmental stewardship, and strategies for disrupting or reducing its occurrence.
Executive Director, Dr. Derron Coles is a learning strategist with over 20 years of experience designing learner-focused workforce development training. Derron has a wide-ranging portfolio that runs the gamut from learning solutions for technical topics, like a globally utilized online training on river system analysis, to interpersonal skills training, such as his award-winning equity diversity and inclusion (EDI) curriculum. Derron has earned certicates in eLearning design, the Treisman method of collaborative learning, and the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).
Upon completing his bachelors degree in mechanical engineering at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Derron moved to Oregon to complete a masters and doctorate in civil engineering at Oregon State University. He then spent eight years managing the mathematics program for the OSU Educational Opportunities Program. In this role, Derron led culturally responsive efforts to recruit and retain underrepresented science and engineering students.
In addition to his work with Blueprint, Derron is owner and principal consultant for DRC Learning Solutions, a culturally responsive company focused on helping organizations in both the private and public sectors develop and sustain social and environmental justice initiatives. As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Derron brings a process-oriented and learning-based approach to projects. The current DRC LS portfolio includes projects for small nonprots, such as WaterWatch, larger organizations like the U.S. Forest Service, and multiorganization collaboratives like the Intertwine Alliance EDI Cohorts.
2023 River Restoration Symposium Short Courses - Skamania Lodge (View)
1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way
Stevenson, WA 98648