SAF has taken the following steps to actively promote diversity and inclusion:
Adopted the Diversity and Inclusion Policy, which serves as a guidepost and impetus for SAF diversity and inclusion programs and activities.
Adopted the Anti-Harassment Policy
to help build and sustain a welcoming and inclusive culture by clearly articulating that harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
Launched a Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (F3)
to broaden the discussion of these issues, spur action at the local level, and identify opportunities and resources to help SAF continue to evolve.
Created a Diversity Leadership Award
to recognize individual excellence in diversity promotion and advancement.
Expanded the Student Diversity Scholar Program
to more students to promote leadership and create community within SAF by encouraging the involvement in the profession of a variety of people.
Forged a partnership with the US Forest Service and the National Association of University Forest Resource Programs to better understand how to foster a culture of inclusion in the profession. The report "Increasing Talent Through Increasing Diversity
" provides key steps and recommendations to help attract and retain talent in forest resource management.
Established the Mollie Beattie Visiting Scholar in Forest Policy Program
to support one graduate student, post-doctoral student, faculty, or early career professional in forestry or related natural resource disciplines. Applicants from underrepresented groups in natural resources professions will be given priority.
Continued to foster relationships and networking opportunities for international students and early-career professionals through the Gregory Award
, which helps bring these individuals to the SAF National Convention.