Diversity Initiative Workgroup

Diversity & Inclusion Workgroup

Mission: To create effective strategies and programs to recruit a more diverse membership profile in TU; encourage diversity within leadership at the chapter, state and national levels; and to ensure every chapter creates a welcoming environment for TU members of different genders, ethnicities, ages, and cultures to achieve the TU conservation mission.

Vision: By 2020, TU’s membership and leadership profiles reflect that of the angling public.

Statement of Intent: The Diversity & Inclusion Workgroup of the NLC will focus on areas where we have the most to gain as our first priority. In 2016, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation cited that 34.4% of fresh water anglers are women, while women make up only 6% of the TU membership. Therefore, the primary focus of the DI will be encouraging local and state-level women’s initiatives. The DI will also work to ensure that a broader picture of diversity is a focus of the national organizations, state councils, and local chapters — recognizing that different chapters due to their location, their culture or history may choose to target different segments of diversity as their primary agenda (people of color, youth, veterans, etc…)

Resources are available at tu.org/diversity

Committee Members
Co-Chairs: Kelly Buchta, New Jersey; Bill Thorne, Arkansas
Secretary and Northeast Ambassador, Jackie Kutzer, Vermont
Western Ambassador, Heather Hodson, Washington
Midwestern Ambassador, Heidi Oberstadt, Wisconsin
Mid-South Ambassador, Kerri Russell, Arkansas
Evelyn Adams, Illinois
Norma Haynes, Mid-Atlantic
Donna Browers, Washington
Susan Geer, Arizona
Charlie Charlesworth, Pennsylvania
Sara Thorne, Arkansas
Kim Dollins, Arkansas
Ginger Koziatek, Ozark
Linda McAteer, Arizona
Ann Foster, Pennsylvania
Marsha Menovengo, New Jersey
Lori Day, Oregon
Marlene Hutson, Minnesota

TU Staff Contact: Beverly Smith

Meets: The 3rd Thursday of the month at 8:00 p.m. Eastern


EVENTS & TRAININGS

TU Volunteer Leaders trainings are a powerful way to connect with resources, learn from fellow volunteers and grow your impact locally. Join us for the following in-person and online events:

In-Person Trainings:

 

Online Trainings:
View recordings of past webinars online at www.tu.org/training. Online webinars are held at 8 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted.

  • April 1 – Annual Financial Report & IRS Training (8PM)
  • April 3 – TU Social Hour: Volunteer Community Conversation with Chris Wood (5PM)
  • April 6 – Leaders Roundtable: Communications Tools & Tips (12PM)
  • April 7 – Connecting with Members During COVID-19 (8PM)
  • April 9 – Using TU’s New Online Fundraising Tools (8PM)
  • April 14 – Leaders Roundtable: Membership Engagement (2PM)
  • April 21 – Organizing a Leader Recruitment Committee (8PM)
  • April 22 – Leaders Roundtable: Leadership Development (4PM)
  • April 30 – Leaders Roundtable: Fundraising Tools & Tips (8PM)
  • May 5 – Generating & Prospecting Leadership Leads (8PM)
  • May 7 – Keeping Conservation Going this Summer (8PM)
  • May 19 – Innovations Driven by COVID – Tactics & Technology (8PM)
  • June 4 – Planning for the Fall: What Activities Work Best (8PM)

CONTACT VOLUNTEER OPERATIONS

Your Volunteer Operations Staff is here to help! 

Nick Halle
Volunteer Operations Coordinator
(703) 284-9425
Contact Nick for:

  • Volunteer Leader Login Issues
  • Insurance Requests / Questions
  • Fundraising Program & Support
  • Membership Recruitment Tools
  • L.L. Bean Rod Donations


Lisa Beranek

Leadership Development Manager
(907) 205-0974
Contact Lisa for:

  • Leadership Recruitment & Development
  • Embrace A Stream Grants Program
  • Strategic Planning Support
  • Diversity Event Planning