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Diversity: Just gender and race…Or a diversity of perspectives?
April 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Let us unpack an “uncomfortable” question: Why don’t women in fire universally encourage more women to join fire? This discussion will be based on the following premise: “fitting in with the firefighter culture is essential for safety and a positive work environment.” I will explore the firefighter culture, how women do this “fitting in,” and implications of the associated lost opportunities for truly diversifying the firefighting workforce. Personal anecdotes, experiences, and woman-related oral tradition will be used to illustrate challenges and highlight possible opportunities for future improvement. Presenter: Sara Brown, USFS Human Performance & Organizational Learning Research, Development & Applications