Yosemite’s Relevancy, Diversity, and Inclusion Council
What is relevancy, diversity, and inclusion (RDI)?
The following text has been taken from the NPS WASO RDI webpage.
Relevancy, Diversity and Inclusion (RDI) defines both a value and a practice for connecting the public to the National Park Service's (NPS) mission of preserving our nation's natural and cultural heritage. RDI is both an organizational mindset and skillset. It serves as a framework from which the NPS must function to succeed and thrive into the 21st century and become an agency that is responsive to the needs of contemporary American society.
Relevancy is achieved when all Americans are able to establish a personal connection to the National Park Service parks and programs and find meaning and value in the mission of the National Park Service.
Diversity represents the practice of actively incorporating people of different backgrounds, perspectives, thoughts and beliefs throughout the organization to ensure that NPS is advantaged by the best thinking possible. Diversity is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or physical ability, but rather represents the wide range of visible and invisible differences and similarities that make each of us unique.
Inclusion is the practice of intentionally building a culture that is flexible, values diverse ideas, and embraces the meaningful participation of all.
The purpose of the Relevancy, Diversity and Inclusion (RDI) Council is to commit staff and resources to create a better workplace for all members of the Yosemite community, where shared values and unique assets are celebrated and utilized in equal measure to help us better fulfill our mission for the American people.
The council is primarily a tool to better oversee and communicate about projects aiming to instill and maintain the values of relevancy, diversity, and inclusion (RDI) in Yosemite National Park, and the National Park Service. Accordingly, the council aims to support the park and park employees with ideas and issues related to RDI.
Allies for Inclusion
Allies for Inclusion is a facilitated dialogue program that engages NPS employees in discussions on critical topics and issues for creating a more diverse, inclusive, and relevant organization. Creating an internal conversation on RDI is critical for the success of the National Park Service to sustain itself as a valued part of American society. NPS employees are trained as facilitators and work together in small cohorts to create dialogue opportunities for their parks/programs/offices.
Employee Resource groups (Erg)
Yosemite’s RDI Council works on empowering employees to create change through Employee Resource Groups. Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-led affinity groups that serve as a resource for members and organizations by fostering a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with organizational mission, values, goals, business practices, and objectives. Other benefits include the development of future leaders, increased employee engagement, and expanded marketplace reach.
Black, INdigenous & People of Color
In keeping the National Park Service’s goals as an agency to increase relevance, diversity, and inclusion, this employee resource groups would work to enhance the visibility of BIPOC’s issues and achievements. All employees (seasonal/permanent/VIPs/Partners) are welcome to join, regardless of ethnic and racial identity.