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Inclusive Change: Removing ‘Audubon’

Our dedication to following an equitable, just, and antiracist path has been encumbered by a namesake steeped in racism and scientific fraud. We have initiated a process to remove that significant barrier to fulfilling our overall mission to advocate and organize for cities where (all) people and birds thrive.

Click Here for the Announcement

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Click Here for Ways to Discuss the Change

Process: Get Involved

We are conducting a thoughtful and inclusive process to discuss with our community, present and future, the values that should be reflected in a new name and the mission for which it stands. Our projected timeline is:

  • September, 2022: Internal stakeholder focus groups.
  • October, 2022: External stakeholder feedback begins.
  • October, 2022: Online values/mission survey.
  • November, 2022: Assemble name selection committee.
  • November, 2022: Local & National outreach continues.
  • January, 2023: Selection committee evaluates feedback.
  • Fevruary, 2023: Selection committee tests name candidates.
  • February, 2023: Selection committee recommends name finalists to SAS Directors.
  • March, 2023: Directors propose finalist to Board of Directors.
  • April, 2023: If approved, name change process begins.
  • June, 2023: New name is presented to membership.

If you have any feedback or have an idea for a name, please write us. Clicking the following link will generate a blank email addressed to us from your default account:

Actions & Commitments
  • The organization is moving forward on a thoughtful and inclusive process following the Board of Directors’ adoption of a resolution on July 14, 2022, to remove “Audubon” from the organizational namesake.
  • The organization’s Board of Directors previously adopted a resolution on July 8, 2021, affirming support for the campaign to change eponymous names for birds (Bird Names for Birds) and calling on the National Audubon Society to initiate, no later than September 30, 2021, an inclusive and transparent re-examination of John James Audubon as our shared organizational namesake.
  • To help set the stage for the harder and messier work to come, the organization already has made some significant investments, including making equity one of three core themes in our Cities at the Center strategic plan, internal culture auditing, developed and implemented training for all of our community in inclusive leadership and antiracism practice, initiating more equitable and inclusive hiring practices, and hiring a Community Director to lead our antiracism practices, as well as initiating efforts to create and execute targeted and more inclusive programming.
Arguments for Change

The organization’s Equity & Justice Committee, an all-BIPOC body, compiled an FAQ on the most common objections to removing “Audubon” from the organizational namesake: Click Here for FAQ

Learn About the Reckoning & Its Impacts

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