Camp ELSO is committed to racial justice and and to equitable outcomes in STEAM education for Black and Brown communities. In alignment with our mission, we prioritize partnerships with professionals, organizations, and agencies that reflect the community we serve. To this end, we prioritize partnerships with culturally specific organizations, organizations that provide culturally relevant programs, and organizations with significant representation of folks of color amongst their staff and Board of Directors.
After seeking out professionals from communities of color, we also engage environmental and STEAM field professionals of all races when their skillset is necessary in order to fulfill our program commitments. This also applies when their profession, organization or agency can add unique value to a learning opportunity or provide background and context for a specific field trip site.
Camp ELSO forms partnerships with mainstream organizations and agencies when these organizations are in alignment with the following standards:
Organizations may be asked to provide the contact information for someone (employee, volunteer, member of the constituency the organization exists to serve) who is well-informed and can speak to the organization's practices and policies, or to their personal experience.