Why do pronouns matter to ONDA?

Barb Rumer

ONDA respects gender identity. We understand that we cannot assume to know each others’ pronouns by our names or appearance. For some of us, it is a privilege to not have to worry about which pronoun will be used based on how our gender is perceived. If we fail to respect someone else’s gender identity, it is hurtful and oppressive.

ONDA normalizes the practice of sharing our pronouns to challenge the belief that all pronouns can be assumed and to create a supportive community for all. Creating an inclusive and supportive community is integral to our vision of conserving a high desert where wild places exist for all people to treasure and explore.

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Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

“Protecting public land is part of my spiritual being. It’s central to my identity to be in wilderness and to see it protected.” Durlin is proud to protect public lands for future generations, saying, “The highlight of my childhood was our family’s weekend outdoor trips. I look forward to my grandchildren having similar experiences outside in their lifetimes, and it wouldn’t be possible without ONDA.”

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Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse

Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse

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Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

“I connect with Oregon’s high desert through my feet, my eyes, my sense of smell, and all the things I hear. Getting out there is a whole body experience.” Supporting ONDA, Helen says, not only connects her with wild landscapes, but is also a good investment. “I felt like if I gave them $20, they might squeeze $23 out of it.”