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Given the significant impacts and frequent interactions park agencies have on and with the public, they are in a unique position to champion efforts that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). However, there are gaps in how these agencies understand and address systemic racism, unfair power structures, and cultural competency and humility which affect DEI and access to quality park and recreation spaces and programs.
In April 2021, the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) published a report, "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Parks and Recreation," which highlights the state of DEI activities at park and recreation agencies across the United States. Results from a 14-question survey offer a snapshot of agency DEI activities, professional development opportunities provided to staff, and the challenges organizations face in promoting these practices. Some of the key findings include:
For additional information, please review the source article and the report.