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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does "people of the global majority" mean?
We use "people of the global majority" (PGM) interchangeably with "people of color" (POC), since people of color represent over 80% of the world’s population. This wording points out the demographic inaccuracy of the euphemism "minority" and feels more empowering for some people.
AREN’T YOU BEING EXCLUSIVE IN HOLDING A SUMMIT FOR JUST PEOPLE OF THE GLOBAL MAJORITY?
Sometimes people from marginalized communities, such as communities of color/of the global majority, need to hold intentional spaces for themselves. Affinity spaces like these are important because they allow people from marginalized communities to have dialogue and interactions that might not otherwise occur. Across the social justice movement, the importance and effectiveness of affinity spaces has been recognized in producing breakthrough results and positive outcomes.
I Don't Identify as a person of the global majority. how can i help?
Additional resources and actions that white allies can take can be found here. If you do not identify as a PGM or POC, here are some ways you can support the summit:
Spread the word to people you know who identify as PGM and/or POC who might want to attend.
Encourage organizations, agencies, and companies to attend the job fair prior to the conference.
If you identify as white and have colleagues attending PGM ONE, host a conversation with your white colleagues about how you can support racial equity and justice.
Help identify sponsors who can underwrite costs of participation. Summit registration fees, travel, and lodging are some of the greatest barriers for some people from marginalized communities to participate in conferences like this. This is our sponsorship kit if you would like to reach out to potential fiscal or in-kind sponsors.
If you have a particular skill set or access to resources that may support the summit, get in touch with PGM ONE Summit Organizer David Pon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Some examples of needed skills are marketing and graphic design.
WHAT DOES “INTERGENERATIONAL” MEAN? IS THIS FOR YOUTH/CHILDREN?
“Intergenerational” refers to the successive waves of leaders of color who continue to open doors for others with like identities to follow in their footsteps. Though we have no formal age limit, this event is intended for emerging and established professionals of color in the environmental and outdoor industry.
IF I AM MIXED RACE OR MULTIRACIAL, CAN I COME?
Yes! If you have ever felt marginalized or othered because of your racial identity then this conference is intended for you. A common example of othering is when a stranger asks “What are you?” upon first meeting you. The intention of a "What are you?" conversation is often to clarify or acknowledge a person's non-white racial status. This NPR piece on "racial imposter syndrome" addresses some identity-related challenges that some multiracial people face.
WE ARE A MIXED FAMILY. CAN WE ALL COME?
We respectfully ask that this conference remain a space for those who identify as people of color or people of the global majority.
WE ARE A FAMILY WITH A YOUNG CHILD. WILL THERE BE CHILDCARE?
The summit will not be providing childcare, though attendees are welcome to bring their children, so long as they remain responsible for them at all times.
SINCE YOU USE THE TERM “PEOPLE OF THE GLOBAL MAJORITY,” DOES THIS SUMMIT ADDRESS INTERNATIONAL OR GLOBAL ISSUES?
This first year of the summit, we have decided to focus the summit on issues that impact people of the global majority within North America, issues such as access to public lands, inclusive experiences in the outdoor and environmental space, cultural competency, and indigenous American perspectives. This is not to say that the summit cannot expand in future years to focus on a wider breadth of issues related to marginalized communities across the world. That said, participants from around the globe are welcome, as are proposals related to international issues that are also relevant to PGM in North America.
HOW DO I CONVINCE MY EMPLOYER TO SUPPORT MY REGISTRATION?
Please feel free to give your employer this letter explaining the importance of this summit. You can also reach out to PGM ONE Summit Planner Jalissa Williams (email@example.com) who can make an appeal to your employer directly.