2021 Summer Conference Workshops

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Pre-Conference Workshop:
Understanding the Value of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Strategies to Integrate them in the Workplace

Sunday, July 18, 2021 | 12:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Participation is included with a paid Summer Conference registration.

Meet the Instructor: Kesho Scott, Associate Professor, Grinnell College

This interactive workshop is designed to create deeper understanding of the meaning and value of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The workshop will begin by offering a foundation for defining diversity, equity, and inclusion, along with the unconscious obstacles to meaningful DEI. The second objective of this workshop will be providing actionable strategies to creating a DEI-focused work environment. Lastly, the workshop focuses on determining how to improve the perception of the organization’s DEI brand and how to develop and establish DEI advocates in the workplace and beyond.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Part 1
Assessing the Current State of Research on Integrated Land and Water Policy and Management

Sunday, July 18, 2021 | 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET

Participation is included with a paid Summer Conference registration.

Meet the Instructor: Zachary Sugg, Senior Program Manager, Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, Lincoln Institute

Research on problems related to the integration of land use and water policy and management has emerged relatively recently as a research theme. Given its early stage, the research is diffuse, being conducted by scholars in different disciplines on a relatively ad hoc basis. Charting a shared research agenda could help focus and guide research activities and create a helpful point of entry for newcomers interested in addressing critical gaps between land and water policy and management. As a first step toward that goal, this workshop will bring together a multidisciplinary panel to assess and characterize the current state of research on integration of land and water policy. Participants will discuss questions such as: What topics are receiving the most research attention, which ones are being overlooked, and why? How multi/transdisciplinary is this research? How are practitioners involved? The information and perspectives shared at this workshop will start a conversation that will continue in a companion post-conference workshop focused on the next step of identifying research needs going forward.

Post-Conference Workshop: Part 2
Land / Water integration and Water Sustainability: Next Steps for Research and Evaluation

Thursday, July 22, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Participation is included with a paid Summer Conference registration.

Meet the Instructor: Ray Quay, Research Professional, Decision Center for a Desert City, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, Arizona State University

The primary intent of urban water management is to maintain long term water sustainability for a community. Integration of land use management and water management activities is now being suggested as a best management practice for achieving water sustainability. However, there currently exists little literature that critically evaluates empirically the effectiveness of these practices in achieving water sustainability or suggests a framework for doing such evaluation. This session will focus on a round table facilitated discussion to identify what further research is needed to explore and evaluate land / water integration practice in terms of water sustainability.

Presenters: Ray Quay, Arizona State University, "Concepts for Evaluation of Land and Water Integration";  Zachary Sugg, Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, "Concepts of Measuring Water Sustainability"; Philip Stoker, University of Arizona, "Review of Land and Water Evaluation Research"


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