Hello Alumni of the Greatest Conservation Network of All Time!
Guilu (UM ‘16) and Dyaami (UW ‘14) here. We had the amazing opportunity to assist in the facilitation of Alumni Leadership Cohort 3 with the superstars Teri and Luz this September. We want to share some reflections and thoughts with you about the experience of connection, facilitation, and this phase of our network growth:
Facilitation: creating and holding space for a series of activities, games, workshops, conversations, and emotions that build community, share knowledge, and expand our perspectives. Not always easy - wanting to create and hold a space where everyone feels safe and encouraged to participate in a group can make one sweaty!
ALC 3: an amazing group of people that we feel very blessed to have laughed, played, and created with. Their projects are awesome too! Check out their bios here to get to know them more.
Facilitating retreats is an intense and rewarding job! We worked from 9am-9pm every day and everyone showed such patience and understanding throughout all the activities we did. We enjoyed being both alumni and helping to have these conversations. We also really appreciated the alumni’s willingness to play along and be flexible as it was both of our first times in this kind of role within the network.
Our conversations included a range of topics including: birds, bugs, and fish (ornithology, entomology, and ichthyology), zodiac signs and personality traits (astrology), healing work, lizard lassoing, DDCSP memories, podcasts, networking, meditation, music, art, being present and taking care of ourselves, and many others!
Late night shenanigans (#mafia #werewolf #karaoke #CheetahGirls #danceparties) bring out even more personality ;) So do small canoe trips. And alligators...
4.5 days creates cool bonds and keeping up with the relationships is a challenge we are willing to take on! #Dorisisforever
We will do more in person hang outs so we can share the activities, workshops, experiences, and network building with everyone. Not all of us can take a week off (yet) to have this experience - so making sure everyone has access to these opportunities is super important to us. Sign up to be a regional ambassador here!
It is really such a dream come true and privilege to work for and with our beloved community. DDCSP people are some of the silliest, smartest, most creative people we know. Our network is full of talent, love, joy, resistance, and power. DDCSP is not only our ancestors wildest dreams, but something that we are and can co-create together. Please join us in catalyzing, growing, and utilizing the power of our network in both large and small ways.
Reach out if you want to talk, host an event or webinar, and/or get involved in the network however you see fit!
Dyaami and Guilu
Dyaami D'Orazio UW ‘14
Dyaami is a person navigating the human experience through relationships between nature and people. A spiritual herbalism apprentice, a writer, a dreamer and schemer, Dyaami thinks critically about limiting structures that exist and imagines new ones that we can create where all people thrive, feel joy, and step into their power. Dyaami has worked in the field of diversity and conservation for eight years and wants to create an alumni network where conversations around transformation of the self and collective feel feasible and inspiring. In Octavia E. Butler’s words, Dyaami is “positively obsessed” with DDCSP, liberation, baking, queer science fiction, Frank Ocean, and plants!
Guilu Murphy UM ‘16
Daughter of a Malaysian Chinese immigrant, without a network such as DDCSP to expose possibilities in the environmental field for those without a model, she never would have imagined finding both a fulfilling career and calling in the field. Having a network to even begin to understand what questions to ask or to see a field as a possible option is invaluable. Guilu sees the building of the DDCSP Alumni Network as crucial in strengthening, growing, and challenging the field of conservation and the exclusionary whiteness of its beginnings and legacy. Through her position with ELP as the RAY Program Coordinator she hopes to make an impact by meaningfully empowering as many young people of color in the environmental field as possible. When not working she enjoys living in Philadelphia, listening to NPR, embroidering, and sharing food with friends.