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EQUITY
Language is often the first place to start
when fostering inclusion.
Fostering Inclusion Through Words
Explore NRPA's Equity Language Guide
By Autumn Saxton-Ross, Ph.D.
N
early 10 years ago, NRPA established its Three Pillars: Health
and Wellness, Equity, and Conservation.
These pillars were created to speak to the ideals of building
strong, healthy and resilient communities through the power of
parks and recreation. A lot has changed over the past 10 years, but NRPA's
dedication to advance this vision has not. NRPA remains committed to the
guiding principles of these pillars by investing in and championing the work
of park and recreation professionals as an essential force of positive change
in each of these key areas and in communities throughout our nation.
Our communities are diverse in
every sense of the word. Inequity
and racial injustice are problems
that have been and are still present
in every public system across our
country. Addressing
differences
and challenges and creating welcoming
and inclusive spaces for
communities aren't the work of
someone else - these tasks reflect
your work. Park and recreation
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professionals are the people who
work in the spaces where everyone
meets - the pool, the playground,
the field or the center. What you do
has and always will require hard
work, and as your membership
organization, it's NRPA's responsibility
to create tools and provide
support for all that you do.
Two weeks ago, we released our
Equity Language Guide, a direct
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response to professionals' request
for trusted resources related to diversity,
equity and inclusion (DEI).
It is based on guidance set forth by
leading language guides, as well as
resources from multiple organizations,
associations and researchers.
It represents our attempt to assist
people in the field and beyond who
are wrestling with ways not just to
increase access, but also to create a
welcoming environment and cultivate
a sense of belonging.
Words have power. Our word
choices and how we communicate
set the table for a more welcoming
environment. We see the guide as
a tool - a resource - because we
understand that language is often
the first place to start when fostering
inclusion. It also would be very

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