Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workgroup

Diversity, Equity & 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, Equity & 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 DEI WG 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…). This workgroup meets the 3rd Thursday of the month.

Resources are available at tu.org/diversity


Committee Members

Co Chair: Greg Walz, Michigan

Co Chair: Beth Peterson, Connecticut

TU Staff Contact: Beverly Smith

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

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources

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