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Questions? Suggestions? Please contact Shalini Mirpuri, NRPA Senior Education Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Equity Language Guide

Guide and Tool, Relationships Across Differences, Direct Communication

NRPA: NRPA’s Equity Language Guide is a glossary of terms to help park and recreation professionals develop a common language around diversity, equity and inclusion. It also provides guidance to help people become familiar with terms they may not be aware of and best practices for making your writing accessible.

Equity in Parks and Recreation: A Historical Perspective

NRPA

Guide and Tool, Equity Analysis

NRPA

Equity Action Plan

NRPA

Guide and Tool, Equity Analysis

NRPA’s Equity Action Plan provides a framework for how it is strengthening organizational culture and practices centered around equity and our core values of trust, continuous learning, diversity and inclusion.

Elevating Health Equity Through Parks and Recreation: A Framework for Action

NRPA

Guide and Tool, Self-Awareness, Equity Analysis

This interactive framework guides local park and recreation professionals in applying an equity lens to system-wide operations, programs and services.

Community Engagement Resource Guide

NRPA

Guide and Tool, Relationships Across Differences, Equity Analysis

NRPA’s Community Engagement Resource Guide highlights the essential steps to performing meaningful engagement around neighborhood-level and park-system planning projects. However, every community engagement plan will look different from project to project and municipality to municipality, so each must tailor the steps and tips to best fit the unique characteristics and needs of the community.

Advancing Racial Equity in Public Libraries

GARE (Government Alliance on Race and Equity)

This Issue Brief profiles a handful of public libraries that are leveraging the power and influence of their institutions to advance racial equity in library work and beyond. These libraries are using a shared framework and toolset while developing innovative local approaches to reduce race-based disparities. In doing so, they are beginning to see positive transformations in collections, partnerships, the library workforce, programming, and — ultimately — communities.

Equitable Development as a Tool to Advance Racial Equity

GARE (Government Alliance on Race and Equity)

Guide and Tool

This paper provides a policy framework for implementation strategies that advance equitable development. It provides the historical context, current conditions, and some key data points that inform the framework. But first the document introduces some key definitions and a vision for the elimination of racial disparities and achievement of racial equity.

Rec for All: Creating a Pathway for an Inclusive Recreation System for Philadelphians of All Abilities

Author Name Goes Here

Guide and Tool

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

From SMART to SMARTIE: How to Embed Inclusion and Equity in Your Goals

The Management Center

Guide and Tool, Equity Analysis

Goals are a concrete way to drive results, but without an explicit equity and inclusion component, goals won’t produce better outcomes for marginalized communities, address disparities or create belonging. By incorporating an equity and inclusion component to your Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound (SMART) goals, you can make sure your organization’s commitment to racial equity and inclusion is anchored by tangible and actionable steps.

Racial Equity Action Plans: A How-to Manual

GARE (Government Alliance on Race and Equity)

Guide and Tool

GARE (Government Alliance on Race and Equity): Racial Equity Action Plans can put a theory of change into action to achieve a collective vision of racial equity. Plans can drive institutional and structural change. This manual provides guidance for local governments to develop their own racial equity action plans after a period of research and information gathering. This manual also provides guidance and tools to conduct this research. GARE created a Racial Equity Action Plan template after a national scan of promising practices from cities and counties that have developed plans for racial equity and the structures that supported successful planning processes.

Racial Equity Toolkit: An Opportunity to Operationalize Equity

GARE (Government Alliance on Race and Equity)

Guide and Tool, Self-Awareness, Relationships Across Differences, Equity Analysis

Racial equity tools are designed to integrate explicit consideration of racial equity in decisions, including policies, practices, programs and budgets. It is both a product and a process. Use of a racial equity tool can help to develop strategies and actions that reduce racial inequities and improve success for all groups.

Racial Equity: Getting to Results

GARE (Government Alliance on Race and Equity)

Guide and Tool, Equity Analysis

Tools are not the work, but they help us do work. Racial Equity: Getting to Results helps begin the process of using racial equity informed results-based accountability to do more impactful work in your jurisdiction.

Contracting for Equity: Best Local Government Practices that Advance Racial Equity in Government Contracting and Procurement

GARE (Government Alliance on Race and Equity)

Guide and Tool, Equity Analysis

This issue brief from the GARE provides a common approach to furthering the field of practice of contracting equity within government. It assesses current successes and challenges of jurisdictions that are a part of GARE, as well as identifies additional jurisdictions that are furthering the field of practice.

Public Sector Jobs: Opportunities for Advancing Racial Equity

GARE (Government Alliance on Race and Equity)

Guide and Tool, Equity Analysis

This issue brief from the GARE provides a common approach to furthering the field of practice of workforce equity within government.

Tracking Diversity: The Green 2.0 Guide to Best Practices in Demographic Data Collection

Green 2.0

Guide and Tool, Equity Analysis

This guide is designed to support the demographic data collection efforts of foundations and nonprofit organizations and to fill the gap in the field of demographic data collection in the environmental sector. It provides insights into the importance of demographic data collection, whether for staff, board members or grantees. It also offers support for developing and implementing a demographic data survey.

"That’s how we’ve always done it!" A guide to using PTR

The Management Center

Guide and Tool, Self-Awareness, Direct Communication, Equity Analysis

PTR, which stands for preferences, traditions, and requirements, is a tool that can help you focus on what really matters so that you can mitigate bias and get to better outcomes. From an equity and inclusion standpoint, PTR is an invitation to pause, consider new perspectives and be more explicit about organizational norms, culture or expectations. Using PTR can help you mitigate bias in hiring, communicate more effectively when delegating and stay open to new approaches.

Courageous Conversations Toolkit — How to Prepare for a Courageous Conversation Using the POP Model

Guide and Tool, Direct Communication

This toolkit introduces a model for preparing for courageous and difficult conversations using the format POP: purpose, outcomes, process.

How to Give Feedback About Defensiveness

The Management Center

Guide and Tool, Direct Communication

What do you do when a staff member resists hearing feedback — do you become upset or frustrated, or do you automatically pushing back? This guide provides feedback about defensiveness in a way that makes the process smoother.

How to Receive Feedback: Power, Difference and Inequity

The Management Center

Guide and Tool, Self-Awareness, Relationships Across Differences, Direct Communication, Equity Analysis

Whether you are an executive director or program manager, you have probably received challenging feedback from someone you manage. This guide provides concrete steps on how to receive feedback related to diversity, inclusion, equity, belonging or culture.

Communications Guide

GARE (Government Alliance on Race and Equity)

Guide and Tool, Direct Communication, Equity Analysis

This guide serves as a toolkit for informal and formal communications about your jurisdiction’s work toward racial equity.

Creating Team Agreements

Art of Transformational Consulting

Guide and Tool, Relationships Across Differences, Direct Communication

This toolkit provides a specific process for teams or organizations looking to create team agreements, sometimes called “working agreements.”

Five Ways to Make the Outdoors More Inclusive: An Action Plan for Change

The Atlantic

Article, Equity Analysis

This article recounts a brainstorming session with five panelists who worked through problem areas and discussed possible solutions for making the outdoors inclusive. Presented here are the main ideas and action steps that emerged from the meeting, and from subsequent conversations with outdoors experts from around the United States.

Central Park: Black Bodies, Green Spaces, White Minds

Medium

Article, Equity Analysis

The historical and contemporary use of white privilege for the exclusion of black bodies from green spaces in the United States.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Parks

Recreation Management

Article, Relationships Across Differences, Equity Analysis

This feature highlights how planning, programming and staffing can better serve all residents.

The Realities of Being a Black Bird Watcher

CNN

Article, Relationships Across Differences, Equity Analysis

This article highlights Black Americans’ experiences of racism in nature.

The Four Elements of Relationship Building

The Management Center

Article, Self-Awareness, Relationships Across Differences, Direct Communication

This article is for managers looking to build (more) supportive and functional relationships with their staff.

The City Parks Welcoming Immigrants

Bloomberg

Article, Relationships Across Differences, Equity Analysis

This article discusses how parks departments across the country are listening to immigrants and designing events and facilities with them in mind.

These proud LGBTQ adventurers are putting the ‘out’ in outdoors

Grist

Article, Self-Awareness, Relationships Across Differences, Direct Communication

This article is for managers looking to build more supportive and functional relationships with their staff.

Unlearning: Kindness, Colorblindness and Racism

PBS

Article, Self-Awareness, Equity Analysis

This blog posts talks about the harms of colorblindness.

Using Situation-Behavior-Impact (SBI) to Understand Intent

Center for Creative Leadership

Article, Self-Awareness, Direct Communication

This article introduces the concept of Situation-Behavior-Impact to understand the intention behind actions and words.

Using Active Listening Skills to Coach Others

Center for Creative Leadership

Article, Self-Awareness, Direct Communication

This article defines active listening, its importance and steps to incorporating active listening in the workplace.

Three Challenges We Often Hear When Encouraging Inclusion

Article, Equity Analysis

This blog post outlines the three most common challenges we received in response to our push for inclusivity, along with our perspective on each. These responses come from surveys provided to park and recreation professionals regarding equity and inclusion in the field.

How to Create a Culture of Curiosity and Openness: Moving Beyond Call-Out Culture

Reverb

Article, Relationships Across Differences, Direct Communication, Equity Analysis

This blog post discusses the role of curiosity and an openness to information to bring organizations and people beyond fear of “call-out culture” to create a culture of learning and respect.

Levels of Racism: A Theoretical Framework and a Gardener's Tale

American Journal of Public Health

Research and Data, Self-Awareness, Relationships Across Differences, Equity Analysis

The author presents a theoretical framework for understanding racism on three levels: institutionalized, personally-mediated and internalized.

Organizational Barriers to Inclusion: Perspectives from the Recreation Professional

American Journal of Public Health

Research and Data, Self-Awareness, Direct Communication, Equity Analysis

This study identified, from the perspectives and experiences of 18 recreation professionals, the issues and barriers that they perceive inhibit recreation program access and availability to diverse constituents, particularly ethnic minority populations.

Implementation of Promising Practices for LGBTQ Inclusion: A Multilevel Process

Journal of Park and Recreation Administration

Research and Data, Self-Awareness, Direct Communication, Equity Analysis

In this overview of education, social work, diversity management and leisure studies literature, the author presents potential constraints and supports that may arise during the implementation of promising practices for LGBTQ inclusion.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Parks and Recreation

NRPA

Research and Data, Equity Analysis

The "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Parks and Recreation" report takes inventory of the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) activities, if any, agencies have established, the professional development opportunities provided to staff, and the challenges organizations face in their efforts to promote DEI.

Advancing Sustainability through Urban Green Space: Cultural Ecosystem Services, Equity and Social Determinants of Health

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Research and Data, Equity Analysis

This paper explores relationships between cultural ecosystem services provided by urban green space and the social determinants of health outlined in the U.S. Healthy People 2020 initiative.

Creating Equity-Based System Master Plans

NRPA

Research and Data, Equity Analysis

A system-wide park master plan can help us understand the history and current barriers to park access, set a vision and plan to remove these inequities, and ensure parks and open space are providing the most benefit to communities. This online tool helps park and recreation agencies create action-oriented plans that are grounded in equity.

Parks and Recreation Inclusion Report

NRPA

Research and Data, Equity Analysis

NRPA developed the "Parks and Recreation Inclusion Report" to provide greater insight into how agencies across the United States ensure that all members of their communities can enjoy parks and recreation. The study highlights the significant challenges facing the industry in delivering on this promise.