Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Why a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Action Plan?

Download DEIJ Action Plan


Support Our Climate as we sustain and grow our work and diversify organizational leadership, staff, board, program members, and volunteers;
Holistically evaluate Our Climate’s policies, processes, and programs, identify trends and prioritize action to address inequities within the organization;
Implement a measurable plan that will hold Our Climate accountable to becoming a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization;
Create a culture that encourages and incentivizes Our Climate participants to hold hard conversations and encourages and values action.


This process was led by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee within Our Climate’s Millennial Advisory Board. The committee was made up of eight students, one board member, and one staff member, and was facilitated by the Deputy Director. The Committee surveyed all staff, board, and over 50 student alumni on their experiences with Our Climate, wrote and edited multiple drafts of the plan with  feedback from our staff and board, and solicited feedback from a DEI consultant before our board approved the final plan in September 2019.

This plan is written around three overarching commitments:

  • Diversity in Organizational Leadership
  • Equitable and Inclusive Organizing Practices
  • Equitable and Inclusive Access to Our Climate’s Programs


We will be held accountable to this process by holding quarterly DEI Committee led check ins, in which the Deputy Director shares tangible changes, evaluations, and other related updates with the committee about the implementation of the Action Plan. Additionally, we will share this plan with our program participants, partners, and donors in an effort to make this work known and to be held accountable by outside forces.

We would like to thank the following people for serving on the DEI Committee: Jonathan Villaneuva, Robin Chapman, Ava Harrington, Cecelia Bolon, Jessica Hart, Jen Van Strander, Allison Romer, Eben Bein, and Raven Graf. The committee was facilitated by Cassidy Jones. We would also like to thank Post-Landfill Action Network for their time and willing to serve us with their consultation. Finally, we would like to thank and highly recommend Michaela Ayers from NOURISH Consulting for her expertise and support in guiding our vision and intentions into action.

This interim plan was informed by the following documents:

Lastly, we recognize this as an ever changing and evolving process. We are open to and eager for feedback and questions. To learn more about our DEI Action Plan, you can read the full plan here or reach out to our National Policy and Programs Manager Emily Martin at emily@ourclimate.us

Our Climate’s Racial and Gender Demographics

Our Climate collects demographic information related to race, gender, economic background, educational background, pronouns, and other important information such as immigration status, being a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and accessibility needs. While we haven’t shared a full snapshot here, we are excited to share our full demographic data through our upcoming DEIJ Transparency Report in 2021.

We are the Generations that MUST ACT!