NAI Webinars: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core to the mission of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI). Interpreters are the tellers and facilitators of stories for our communities and public lands. As we manage and interpret public lands, historic sites, nature centers, zoos, and museums protected for all, we are unashamed about promoting diversity and inclusion. NAI and our profession includes and empowers the voices of People of Color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and people across the gender spectrum. We strive to be cognizant of privilege. We embrace the value of diversity and work for full representation on public lands. Included below are the recordings from our recent webinars and some additional resources related to this subject matter.  

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Picture of the productRace, Social Justice, and Interpretation
Panel Discussion
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: June 25, 2020
Webinar Recording

Recent events have thrust issues of race and social justice to the forefront of the national conversation, but systemic inequities have been obstacles for generations. Interpreters are uniquely positioned to effect positive change, but what actions can we take, regardless of where we work or what we interpret, to overcome injustice, not only at our sites but throughout society? This panel discussion highlights accomplished interpreters who work to serve underserved populations, promote cultural understanding, and amplify voices for positive change.

Moderated by Parker McMullen Bushman, the Vice President for Programs on NAI’s Board of Directors, and is the chair of NAI’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.

Panelists include: Jose Chavez (manager of the Reedy Creek Nature Center for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation in Charlotte, North Carolina), Ramsey Harris (Community Program Director at the Gang Rescue and Support Project (GRASP) in Denver), Elon Cook Lee (Director of Interpretation and Education at the National Trust for Historic Preservation), and Francis Mendoza (Supervising Naturalist at the East Bay Regional Park District in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area), and Robin White (superintendent at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site).

This recording is free to NAI members. The nonmember price will help support the ability for NAI to continue to offer these webinars.


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WEB0625206/25/2020 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productIncreasing Digital Access to ALL Audiences (DEI Panel)
InterpTech 2020

Increasing Digital Access to ALL Audiences = Increasing Physical Access to ALL Audiences – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Panel


Moderator: Nina Roberts, PhD, Professor, Dept of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism, San Francisco State University
Panelist: Jose Gonzalez, Founder of Latino Outdoors
Panelist: Myrian Solis Coronel, Director of Community Engagement, Parks California
Panelist: Yanira Castro, Owner, Humanity Communications Collective

CE: 1.5


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TECH2020-045/13/2020 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productBeyond the Dominant Narratives of History
Montana Napier
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: March 12, 2020
Webinar Recording

What are the stories told at your site? Who created or curated these stories? What is "missing" from the public eye? All are invited to explore these challenging questions & more.

Montana Napier currently serves as an Interpretive Specialist with Washington State Parks. While earning her Master’s in Environmental Education, she led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives within place-based nonprofits. She believes that interpreting our histories with greater intention and perspective has the power to reduce racism in our schools, society, and in the natural world.


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WEB031220D3/11/2020 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productThe Future Is Queer: Practices In Queering Interpretation
Casey Bries
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: January 7, 2020
Webinar Recording

In this session, participants will examine privilege as it pertains to interpretive planning and programming. Participants will reflect on individual and organizational practices and develop strategies for engaging a diverse and meaningful audience.

Casey Bries is an Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Open Space & Mountain Parks department for the City of Boulder, Colorado. Casey serves on the City of Boulder’s Racial Equity Team, NAI’s DEI Committee and has developed a variety of Equity and Inclusion Trainings for staff and volunteers.


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WEB0107201/7/2020 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productAccessibility for All: Promoting Inclusion
Presenter: Ann-Marie Lisi

Get a snapshot of training to help interpreters understand disabilities and how to work with individuals who have disabilities. Conduct an accessibility self-evaluation.


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VC2019-0112/6/2019 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productTying It All Together with Native Communities
Presenter: Francis E. Mendoza, Sonja Gomez The Ohlone peoples tie their world together through cordage, stories, and ceremony. Explore how to maintain meaningful relationships with indigenous peoples in a good, respectful way.

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VC2019-0512/6/2019 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productTelling the American Indian Story
Mandy Van Heuvelen & Ami Temarantz
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: September 17, 2019
Webinar Recording

The National Museum of the American Indian shares methods to engage visitors with indigenous history and culture in inclusive ways to change the narrative of the American story. This webinar is intended for professional development around the issues of engaging with audiences in a more inclusive manner with facilitated dialogue while still upholding the integrity of the content in interactive ways.

Mandy Van Heuvelen is the Cultural Interpreter Manager at the National Museum of the American Indian and is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Mandy leads a team of 5 interpreters that serves over 40,000 visitors annually and she was the guiding force behind the re-development of the museum’s student programs.

Ami Temarantz is the Lead Cultural Interpreter at the NMAI and she supported the development, training, and facilitation of the museum’s new student programs.


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WEB0917199/17/2019 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productCombatting Erasure Through Interpretation
Agnolia Gay and Chy’Na Nellon
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: September 10, 2019
Webinar Recording

This webinar will be a session on recovering, recording and sharing the stories of historically displaced figures, events, and histories while being inclusive of community and scholars. Learning to include community, historical scholars and other forms of interpretation is vital to sharing a hidden narrative as opposed to rewriting it.

Agnolia Gay and Chy’Na Nellon are a mother/daughter duo creating engaging interactive workshops focused on arts integration, inclusive learning, and cultural relevance. The overall objective is to motivate and provide tools to become the best version of ourselves in life and at work. Share the LIGHT.


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WEB0910199/10/2019 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productFrom First Nature Moments to Life-long Career
Julio Soria and Vianey Moreno
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: August 22, 2019
Webinar Recording

Community Nature Connection engages youth to develop leaders through professional development and career advancement. Learn about strategies you can implement in your community.

Julio Soria has a ten year history of introducing youth to conservation and sustainability. As the Youth Leadership Programs Manager for Community Nature Connection he works on creating opportunities to get youth into the outdoors while exposing them to careers in conservation, parks, and interpretation.

Vianey Moreno is an alumni of the Community Nature Connection youth leadership series. She began as a participant in Naturalist Explorers and is now employed as a Lead Naturalist where she leads her own cohorts of youth.


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WEB0822198/22/2019 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productCulturally Sensitive Interpretation
Andy Bleckinger
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: August 13, 2019
Webinar Recording

Cultural interpretation can be a sensitive subject. If done poorly, visitors may feel unwelcome, left out, or even offended. Explore the concepts of cultural relativism, cultural literacy, and cultural engagement, and discover how interpretation can connect with past and present cultures in a sensitive manner.

Andy Bleckinger, CIG, is the Assistant District Manager of the San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District in the Four Corners region of New Mexico. He has been a front line interpreter for over 10 years, leading programs and partnering with community organizations in multiple culturally diverse areas.


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WEB0813198/13/2019 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productDecolonizing Interpretation
Jane Beattie and Bill Gwaltney
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: July 30, 2019
Webinar Recording

Heritage interpretation has both the opportunity and an obligation to be more inclusive of culture and to question dominant and privileged cultural perspectives. What does decolonizing look like and how might each of us do in our own interpretive practices to decolonize our programs, exhibits, and spaces?

Jane Beattie – Owner and Principal: Tuhura Communications. Jane works focuses on visitor experience planning, program and product design, and interpretive training and evaluation in sustainable tourism environments both in the US and abroad. Jane holds a Master of Science in Recreation Resources, Tourism, and Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota. She has published several articles in journals such as the Journal of Tourism Management and Legacy.

Bill Gwaltney - (Retired) Director of Interpretation and Visitor Services for the American Battle Monuments Commission - Paris, France. In addition to the American Battle Monuments Commission, Bill Gwaltney has served as the Guest Curator for Military History for the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Smithsonian Institution) and worked in a host of roles in his 33+ years in the National Park Service. Bill is also currently on the NAI Board of Directors.


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WEB0730197/30/2019 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productInterpreting America's Racial History
Elon Cook Lee
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: July 16, 2019
Webinar Recording

What’s so scary about discussing race? This interactive session will outline the history, the language, the legacy, and strategies that can be used for leading race dialogues at your site.

Elon Cook Lee is a CIGT, Brown University educated public historian, the Program Director and Curator at the Center for Reconciliation, a consultant on interpreting U.S. racial history for historic sites around the country, a lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design, and Mellon Faculty Fellow at the RISD Museum.


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WEB0716197/16/2019 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productUsing Guest Input
to Create Meaningful Sensory Inclusive Staff Training

Roger Torbert
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: June 27, 2019
Webinar Recording

The Birmingham Zoo asked 200 families who have children with sensory processing needs to visit throughout the year and tell us what we could do to make our facility more sensory inclusive. This presentation provides an overview of our research and shows how the Zoo responded, including how we trained our staff to meet this need.

Roger Torbert is the Vice President of Education and the “Diversity and Inclusion Guru” at the Birmingham Zoo. His responsibilities range from leading university students on study abroad programs in Zimbabwe to ensuring the the Zoo is accessible for all members of the community. He also serves on the AZA Diversity Committee.


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WEB0627196/27/2019 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productWhat Does Audience Inclusion Truly Mean?
Brian Mast
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: June 11, 2019
Webinar Recording

One of the most important interpretive topics discussed among our peers is inclusion. We strive to be spaces where anyone can come to explore and learn about nature and history. In an effort to include these audiences in our interpretation it would help to have a basic understanding of Autism and Dementia along with the importance of including these audiences to reach your interpretive goal.

Brian Mast has been the Educator for the Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama for the past eight years. He has traveled all over the east coast giving living history programs, presented at conferences on interpretive topics such as digital engagement and programs for individuals with Autism.


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WEB0611196/11/2019 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productTalk Less, See and Do More!
Claire Thomas
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: May 7, 2019
Webinar Recording

Focus on inclusion at your site! Learn how one CIG modified an existing program, wrote a brand new program, and has found ways to include people with special needs/intellectual disabilities into standard programming at her site. There will be time for Q&A and brainstorming.

Claire Thomas is an Historic Farm Interpreter with the Fairfax County Park Authority. She works at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, Virginia. She was a special education teacher in Maryland before her daughters were born.


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WEB0507195/7/2019 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productControversy - Sensitive Subjects In Non-Personal Interp.
Ray Radigan
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: October 30, 2018
Webinar Recording

Whether it’s an uncomfortable historic event or a hot button political issue, addressing controversial topics in signage, publications, and online can be even more difficult than face-to-face. With a limited number of characters to interpret a topic that inflames passions, how can you be succinct, thoughtful, and respectful?

Ray is the Curator at Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield, MA and has spent the last decade working as in interpreter for the National Park Service and several non-profit museums. With extensive experience drafting and designing waysides, museum/VC exhibits, web and social media content, and publications, Ray has interpreted everything from wolves to ice cream. Both of which were controversial.


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WEB10301810/30/2018 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productDiversity, Equity and Inclusion In Park Settings
Yonit Yogev
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: July 31, 2018
Webinar Recording

Stories and personal narratives have tremendous power to create change. Research and counter-narratives inform us that in the US the dominant narrative around the outdoors has historically left out the stories and roles of people from communities of color, creating outdoor spaces that do not fully represent them. Justice and equity, as well as simple demographics, tell us this needs to change.

Yonit Yogev completed her Master's in Environmental Studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA in 2017. She now works seasonally at Mount Rainier National Park, is a Certified Interpretive Guide and has an abiding interest in justice and equity in outdoor spaces and in society.


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WEB0731187/31/2018 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productBuilding A More Accessible Interpretive Site
Kara Stella and Hannah Petri
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: May 1, 2018
Webinar Recording

Does visitor diversity include disability access where you work? We will share ways to serve and engage visitors with disabilities through your interpretive programs and products, whether you are a manager or field staff. Bring your challenges and opportunities to discuss.

Kara Stella is an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, Deaf Services Coordinator and Interpretive Coach for Yosemite National Park. She has degrees in heritage and ASL interpretation. She has a CIG, CIT and National (ASL) Interpreter Certification. She has worked in both fields for 20 years.

Hannah Petri is the Manager of Docents and Interpretation at the Saint Louis Zoo. With her M.S. in Environmental Education, she is a CIG and CIT. She has been working in zoos/aquariums/museums for over 20 years with a focus on bringing programs to a wide variety of audiences.


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WEB0501185/1/2018 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productPathways to Diversity and Inclusion
Increasing Cultural Competency for Better Interpretation

C. Parker McMullen Bushman
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: March 9, 2017
Webinar Recording

How can we be more effective interpreters with participants from cultures other than our own? In this webinar participants will hear tips and techniques for examining their personal cultural competence, increasing their ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with all people.

Charnell Parker McMullen Bushman is the Education Director for the Chincoteague Bay Field Station. Her background in in the environmental education and interpretive fields spans over 16 years. Parker’s interest in inclusion and equity issues developed from her personal experiences facing the drastic lack of diversity in the environmental organization and green spaces.


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WEB030917A3/9/2017 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productPeople First: Interpreting For People With Disabilities
Lori Brosnan & Jim Nelson
90 Minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: February 23, 2017
Webinar Recording

Visitors attending programs should feel inspired, including visitors with disabilities. Certain techniques apply: treat people respectfully, use “people-first language”, use descriptive language, and tactile objects. Technology such as tablets and assisted- listening devices can also provide an inclusive interpretive experience.

Lori Brosnan has worked for the NPS at Alcatraz Island for 29 years & teaching and interpretation. In June 2012, Lori was certified as an accessibility trainer so that Alcatraz would be an inclusive experience for all visitors.

Jim Nelson has worked as an Interpreter for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy for 19 years. He loves bringing the stories of Alcatraz alive for park visitors. Jim has underdeveloped optic nerves, which resulted in "low vision." He has used this knowledge to teach interpretation for several years and accessibility for nearly four years.


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WEB0223172/23/2017 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productUnderstanding Our Audiences
Don Enright
60 Minutes
Date: January 28, 2016
Webinar Recording

Demography, geography, psychography… how do we understand our visitors and the things that make them tick? In this one-hour webinar, Don will give an introduction to market segmentation, with some concrete tools and techniques for connecting with the right audiences. To prepare for this presentation, it would be helpful to know your organization’s mission and vision, and be acquainted with the goals in your interpretive plan or strategic plan.

Don Enright is an interpretive planner, writer and naturalist with over 30 years experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Don works with parks, museums, science centres, zoos and aquariums to help them increase their visitation, relevance, impact, revenue and visitor satisfaction.


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WEB0128161/28/2016 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productNative Interpretation
Ramsey Weeks
90 minutes
CE: 1.5
Date: October 1, 2015
Webinar Recording

How can I respectively and effectively interpret Native history and culture? Do I have any right, as a non-Native, to interpret Native history and culture?

For those of you who have asked these questions, or feel apprehension when answering a visitor’s question concerning Natives, this course will provide useful tools and tips. Learn the three principles of quality Native interpretation. Learn techniques for dealing with difficult questions and situations. While designed primarily for front line interpreters, those at all levels can benefit from this course.

Ramsey Weeks currently works at FEMA as a Tribal Affairs Specialist. Prior to that, he worked as a frontline interpreter at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian and Rock Ledge Historic Site. From classroom presentations to government consultations, he has spent 25 years working in cultural interpretation.


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WEB10011510/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productLatino Engagement with Nature and the Outdoors Series
José G. González
3 webinars, 60 Minutes each
CE: 3
Date: April 2015
Webinar Recordings

What does the Latino community look like and value in your community? What do you know about Latino identities in relation to the outdoors? So what does it look like? Are you just doing outreach compared to engagement?

Includes the following hour long webinar recordings: Defining Latino Identities and Communities, Latino Connections with the Outdoors, Strategies and Approaches for Relationship and Community-Building.

Webinars can be purchased individually for $10 (member)/$35 (nonmember) each under Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webinars.


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WEB0409154/23/2015 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productStrategies and Approaches
For Relationship and Community Building

José G. González
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: April 23, 2015
Webinar Recording

So what does it look like? Are you just doing outreach compared to engagement? What social infrastructure are you using for success? What have been your challenges and opportunities in this work and what may be natural next steps to diversity your work, leadership, and community representation?

José G. González is the Founder of Latino Outdoors. He is an educator with broad experience in formal and informal education in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education adviser, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty.

Also available as part of the Latino Engagement with Nature and the Ourdoors Series.


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WEB040915C4/23/2015 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productLatino Connections with the Outdoors
José G. González
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: April 16, 2015
Webinar Recording

What do you know about Latino identities in relation to the outdoors? What are the activities, history, values, and connections? Whether it’s connections to nearby nature or other conservation practices, Latino communities have some shared and different experiences with the outdoors.

José G. González is the Founder of Latino Outdoors. He is an educator with broad experience in formal and informal education in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty.

Also available as part of the Latino Engagement with Nature and the Ourdoors Series.


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WEB040915B4/16/2015 12:00:00 AM
Picture of the productDefining Latino Identities and Communities
José G. González
60 minutes
CE: 1
Date: April 9, 2015
Webinar Recording

What does the Latino community look like and value in your community? Often organizations are hesitant or unsuccessful in connecting with Latino communities because of misunderstanding what the Latino identity can look like where you live and work. This requires you to do some community mapping, understanding, and research.

José G. González is the Founder of Latino Outdoors. He is an educator with broad experience in formal and informal education in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty.

Also available as part of the Latino Engagement with Nature and the Ourdoors Series.


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WEB040915A4/9/2015 12:00:00 AM