Equity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competence

By focusing on equity and inclusion, we bring a wider range of expertise and experiences to the table, and we make our efforts more relevant and effective for all Californians.
Ten Strands and the Environmental Literacy Steering Committee are part of an important movement to ensure that the voices of those who have been historically underrepresented are part of the decision-making process. 

Our work around environmental literacy is based on an intentional understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competence as described below:


  • Individual differences including personality, language, learning styles, and life experiences
  • Group-social differences including race, ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual identity, geography, place of origin, ability status, as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations


  • The creation of opportunities for historically-underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participation in discussions, decisions, and programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion


  • Active, intentional, and ongoing engagement in ways that increase awareness, knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within (and change) systems and institutions

Cultural Competence

  • Awareness of one’s own cultural worldview
  • Recognition of one’s attitudes toward cultural differences
  • Realization of different cultural practices and worldviews
  • Thoughtfulness in cross-cultural interaction