Helping create a more diverse and
equitable conservation future


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Launched by The Corps Network (TCN) in the spring of 2017 with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Moving Forward Initiative seeks to expand career exposure and increase employment in conservation and resource management for youth and young adults of color. Through this effort, TCN will explore unconscious bias and structural racism within The Corps Network, our member Corps, and America’s land management agencies.

TCN describes this work in racial equity as a journey. The start of this journey is the development of a foundation of knowledge on which to examine racism in the United States. TCN will provide tools and education to our staff, staff and young adults at our member Corps, and staff at America’s federal resource management agencies to make all parties better prepared to address bias and structural racism.

The Vision of the Moving Forward Initiative

The vision of the Moving Forward Initiative is a space where young people of color are more aware of career opportunities in conservation and resource management; they are ensured equal access to these careers; and the agencies that manage our public lands are more culturally competent and aware of the history that has shaped the conservation workforce.

Why this is Important

Failure to address systems and knowledge deficits that limit opportunities for Corps alumni would be antithetical to TCN’s mission of helping Corps empower America’s young people. At the intersection of Corps, which train the next generation of conservation professionals, and the agencies that hire such professionals, TCN is uniquely positioned to – with the guidance of experts in racial equity – help make racial equity the standard in resource management.

TCN recognizes the racial inequities at the origin of Corps. Created in 1933, during the time of Jim Crow, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) discriminated against black enrollees. As TCN’s member Corps train diverse young adults for the resource management workforce, it is essential that we recognize past injustices and do our part to help create a conservation work environment in which diversity is celebrated.

Moving Forward Initiative Resources

Find articles, books, and other content related to the work of the Moving Forward Initiative

Watch various workshops, webinars and other MFI-related video content from The Corps Network.

Moving Forward Initiative Blog

Storytelling and Corps: A Discussion with National Geographic Explorer Katie Thornton May 21, 2021
Standing Up to Hate, Supporting the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community March 31, 2021
Action Plan: What’s Ahead for The Corps Network’s Moving Forward Initiative? November 11, 2020
Doing Right By Our Corpsmembers: A Conversation with Julia Hillengas October 15, 2020
Not the Beginning and Not the End: A Letter from Julia Hillengas, PowerCorpsPHL October 15, 2020
A Message from Our President and CEO: We Need More Anti-Racism Training, Not Less September 10, 2020
A Conversation on Equity and Access: Q&A with the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) August 31, 2020
The Corps Network Receives Grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Continue Initiative to Advance Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Conservation Corps Community August 31, 2020
Juneteenth: Understanding the History and Importance of the Holiday June 18, 2020
Moment of Voice: Why we do what we do
[With Marie Walker, COO of The Corps Network]
November 20, 2019
Participate in the “Moment of Voice” Blog Series August 15, 2019
Join Us in Having a Moment of Voice July 1, 2019
What’s ahead for the Moving Forward Initiative May 23, 2019
An interview with Dr. Manuel Valdes Pizzini April 30, 2019
“Not in Anyone’s Backyard”: People of Color and the Environmental Movement – Part II November 19, 2018
“Not in Anyone’s Backyard”: People of Color and the Environmental Movement – Part I September 27, 2018
Farming as a Political Act: The Connection between African-Americans and Land – Part 2 May 31, 2018
Farming as a Political Act: The Connection between African-Americans and Land – Part 1
May 24, 2018
Moving Forward Initiative – A Letter from our Project Director: May 9, 2018 May 9, 2018
African American Connections to Green Spaces in Chicago During the Great Migration: A Conversation with Dr. Brian McCammack April 5, 2018
The CCC Indian Division: Native Americans in the Civilian Conservation Corps March 29, 2018
Native Americans: Everywhere and Nowhere March 26, 2018
 Moving Forward Initiative Guest Series: Interview with Dr. Dorceta Taylor on Diversity & Equity Initiatives within Environmental Organizations  February 5, 2018
 This Land is My Land? The Legacy of Early Interactions Between Native Americans and Colonists November 21, 2017
 Moving Forward Initiative Guest Series: Interview with Dr. Andrew W. Kahrl on African American Leisure and Recreation Spaces in the Era of Jim Crow  November 7, 2017
 Moving Forward Initiative – Blog: The African American Experience in the Civilian Conservation Corps  August 17, 2017
 Moving Forward Initiative – What it is and What to Expect  July 14, 2017

Capri St.Vil
Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
[email protected]

(Photo used with permission of Service Year Alliance – Virginia Service and Conservation Corps)