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Diversity and Inclusion, Q3, 2021

On June 29, we submitted the I & E Plan to the Governor’s DEI office and have already received some positive feedback! Looking forward to working with them to finalize and begin the implementation process!

A note from the Director:

The Commonwealth has changed dramatically since the birth of this agency in 1916.  Along with the evolution of successes and new challenges in wildlife conservation, Virginia’s rich geographic and biological diversity is now matched by its demographic diversity.  Preservation of species, habitat, and promotion of wildlife-based recreation for the generations to come depends on our ability to reach both new and traditional constituencies and to serve the needs of all Virginians.

Accordingly, I am pleased to present the Department of Wildlife Resources’ 2021-2025 Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan. This Plan, which was developed with input from staff throughout the agency via our Inclusive Excellence Council, outlines our goals and initiatives to build a workforce that will deliver on our mission to “CONSERVE. CONNECT. PROTECT.”

Implementing the Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan will increase our capabilities; promote diversity, equity and inclusion among the agency’s staff; make the outdoors available, accessible, and safe for all Virginians; and help ensure that wildlife and outdoor recreation are enjoyed and supported by generations to come. To paraphrase President John F. Kennedy’s memorable speech, we choose this undertaking not because it is easy, but because it is hard; because these goals will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because this challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to accomplish.

Each of us is responsible for ensuring the success of this Plan and I look forward to working with colleagues and constituents to achieve these important objectives.

Ryan Brown


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