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

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.