Diversity & Inclusion

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

We promote learning and sharing earth-friendly sustainable living skills to all individuals in a safe, healthy and inclusive atmosphere through accessible education and social action.   

The volunteer organizers of Reeds & Roots Skillshare are committed to maintaining an inclusive, welcoming community for all participants. We take every step we can to ensure that no one is mistreated, disadvantaged, or made to feel unwelcome–and we encourage anyone to give feedback on how we can improve these efforts. 

We are also committed to diversifying our volunteer base of organizers, teachers, and work traders.  We recognize the importance of polycultures not only in plant communities, but in people communities, too!  We solicit teachers from a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience.  If you see gaps in our workshop topics, or cultures not represented, please help us recruit to fill these needs!

Cultural Appropriation

As an earthskills gathering, we receive workshop applications from practices rooted in cultures from around the world.  In order to maintain an inclusive atmosphere, it is important for us to understand what is, “Cultural Appropriation,” so that we contribute towards healing and connectivity (rather than alienation and imperialism).  We encourage those unfamiliar with the pitfalls of practices from a culture you didn’t grow up with to read this wonderful article, explaining both problems and solutions.

Acknowledgement of Occupied Land

Part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion involves recognition of our occupation of native lands. The land where Camp Roosevelt-Firebird sits today was likely once inhabited by native tribes. Indigenous peoples have always lived in Ohio and still do today. The organizers of Reeds & Roots Skillshare acknowledge our occupation on native land. Ohio tribes that may have been here include:  Seneca, Illinois, Iroquois, Chippewa, Delaware, Erie, Ottawa, Potawatomi, Kickapoo, Kaskaskia, Miami, Wyandot and Shawnee. Many native tribes were driven from Ohio through waves of disease, colonization, and the French and Indian War of 1688 – 1763, among other wars.  Those who remain are still working for equality, recognition, and violence against women. Here are a few links: