The Scarlet Oak (Fagaceae Quercus coccinea) in our logo is the official tree of the District of Columbia. We chose to name ourselves after this tree because we know the importance of staying rooted while branching out opportunities for others. Our fruit is in service of Black environmental self-determination. Thus, BlackOak.
BlackOak began from a mutual understanding that there can be no environmental justice without Black people at the center of solutions and without self-determination for Black communities.
We aim to increase Black representation within businesses, nonprofits and other organizations not as an end, but as one tool towards that goal. We provide mentorship, share institutional knowledge, and offer resources for those who are too often excluded from the opportunities to do this work. We build community to sustain each other as we pursue a better world and so we can collaborate across fields in the service of collective advancement.