TKO’s Strategic Impact Goal: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

A Safe & Welcoming Outdoors

TKO seeks to make Oregon’s trails a place where people can go to connect with nature and one another.

We recognize that not everyone feels safe or welcome in the outdoors due to racism, bias, and hate; we have committed to being a part of the solution to changing that.

TKO STRATEGIC PLAN
ORGANIZATIONAL IMPACT GOALS: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

IMPACT GOAL

Establish a culture of anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion to build a movement where hikers in Oregon feel safe and welcome in outdoor spaces.

WE BELIEVE…

  • All people, regardless of identity, have the right to safely access outdoor public spaces.
  • Stewardship of outdoor spaces began with the land management practices of Indigenous people.
  • The U.S. government forced Indigenous people to cede their land, and now manages public land for the profit and benefit of a nation functioning under white supremacist structures.
  • Dismantling white supremacy requires having open and difficult communications about its role in our current structures.
  • We must continually learn and challenge our beliefs with humility in order to evolve.
  • Access to public lands, recreation and facilities is an inherent right of all people.
  • Access to the benefits of nature, open space and community improves quality of life.
  • Access to recreation and education on public lands builds a sense of place, contributing to more sustainable and equitable use of outdoor spaces.
  • True structural change requires diversity in leadership and other impactful positions.
  • We can hold ourselves and our partner organizations accountable for strong DEI practices.

TKO’S VISION

The goal of dismantling white supremacy is liberation. Liberation is possible and will allow access to the outdoors to everyone. TKO’s vision is that Oregon’s trails are a place where people can go to connect with nature and one another. They are accessible and welcoming to all communities.

TKO’S COMMITMENT

OUR VALUES IN ACTION

Inclusion

We create partnerships with diverse communities and work together to make trails and nature welcoming & accessible. We are working towards being more inclusive and equitable by integrating antiracism, diversity, and inclusion into the organization. 

Leadership

We develop an environment for learning with appropriate resources that can help relate, unify and support a diverse organization. 

Quality

Develop sustainable structures to attract and retain a diverse board, employee and volunteer network within the organization that can be their authentic selves while in service to the organization.

Appreciation

We connect people with nature, inspiring a responsibility to maintain access to Oregon’s natural places.

Collaboration

We hold ourselves and our partner organizations accountable for strong DEI practices.

DEI Spectrum Tool

In order for TKO to be accountable for becoming a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, we have measured our presence, progress, and shortcomings through the Meyer-Memorial DEI Spectrum Tool. Individual board members and staff, lead volunteers, and TKO supporters have all participated in assessing where they believed TKO is across a spectrum. You can learn more about this tool at the MMT website.

Click on the topics below to learn more about where we are and what we are working on.

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Tools and Resources

Here you will find links to materials we have developed in our efforts to make TKO a more equitable, inclusive, diverse, and welcoming organization. These materials were developed in collaboration with many partner organizations as well as individual volunteers.

We know this work cannot happen in a vacuum, so in an effort to pay it forward, we welcome you to utilize these materials however you like to inform your own work.  

If you have any questions, or would like to connect further with our team, please contact us at volunteers@trailkeepersoforegon.org.

Trailkeeper Code

TKO Event Safety Preamble

DEI Training Workshops

Staff Compensation Philosophy

Want to Get Involved?

Send us a message to learn more about how you can help us advocate for Oregon’s trails. Or contact us at:

Trailkeepers of Oregon
P.O. Box 14814
Portland, Oregon 97293
(971) 206-4351



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