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Levels of Racism: A Theoretical Framework and a Gardener's Tale
American Journal of Public Health
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
This study examines readiness, recruitment and retention practices among environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Data was collected through 85 in-depth interviews and surveys with chief executive officers, chief operating officers and human resource directors of major U.S.-based environmental NGOs and foundations. Where appropriate, is also presents relevant research from diversity studies outside of the environmental movement.
Improving Health Through Access to Nature
American Public Health Association
This 2013 policy statement describes connections between nearby green spaces and cognitive, emotional and physical health outcomes.
Homelessness in Parks
The NRPA research team developed a 25-question survey to gain an understanding of the views and actions of park and recreation departments and other local government agencies toward the homeless population across the country. Sixty-five park and recreation agencies responded to the survey, the key findings from which are the basis of this report and were presented at the January 2017 NRPA Innovation Lab in Los Angeles.
This study examines the executive search process used by mainstream environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and foundations, and the search firms they employ to assist them in diversifying their senior staff. Data was conducted through 85 in-depth interviews and surveys from chief executive officers, chief operating officers and human resource directors of major U.S.-based environmental NGOs and foundations as well as consultants from blue chip and boutique executive search firms identified as having been used frequently by environmental organizations in the recent past.
Allyship and Curiosity Drive Inclusion for People of Color at Work
Catalyst: Workplaces That Work for Women
This study examines how employees and teams experience inclusion. It finds that allyship and curiosity should be at the heart of a manager’s leadership mindset. Through curiosity and allyship, champions of equity and inclusion at work can start to unearth the deep roots of racial and ethnic inequities to take meaningful action.