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grown in the last few years to include SCA staff and a recruiter in Alaska. “There’s a big focus on engaging Native American communities from that region to programming,” Seda says. All-Navajo Crew During the summer of 2014, an allNavajo crew worked at Canyon de Chelly in Arizona. This is a smaller program that works with the Native American population. “It engages them on a national level to do conservation or land management,” Seda says. How the SCA is Making Strides toward Achieving Greater Diversity within the National Parks Seda says SCA programming centered on diversity is all inclusive. Staff members enjoy the amount of diversity present in the crews they lead, and the diversity of the students and employees enriches the experience for everyone. “When we’re able to bring students from a across the US together in a magical place to learn environmental education, all those ideas being expressed by different cultures and backgrounds really unleash the learning environment,” Seda says. He adds that this is one reason the SCA is so focused on diversity. Seda says working with the SCA and seeing students grow into various opportunities has been extremely rewarding for him. “Anytime we connect with these populations and bring more people in, it grows exponentially,” Seda says. “We’re getting more and more diverse representation in our programming and national parks.” Seda thinks people are getting away from the idea that global warming is a myth, and everyone needs to be aware of responsible environmental management. That increased awareness will lead to more opportunities for people who want to get into conservation fields and work on solutions. The SCA and its diversity programs help foster careers for people who perhaps wouldn’t come to them any other way. PDJ To learn more about the SCA and its diversity programs, please visit http://www.thesca.org

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