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More than 1,700 attendees logged in
from their desktops, laptops and other
smart devices to experience the 2021
NRPA Annual Conference virtually.
do, it's who you are. " He adds that
these values must be part of your
DNA.
Wednesday's
general session
concluded with a fireside chat with
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth
Johnson,
co-founder of the nonprofit think
tank Urban Ocean Lab, co-founder
of the climate initiative The All We
Can Save Project, and co-creator of
the podcast How to Save a Planet.
Victor Dover, co-founder of Dover,
Kohl & Partners Town Planning
and NRPA board member, interviewed
Dr. Johnson to learn more
about
her
thoughts on climate
change and conservation as it relates
to protecting our oceans.
The day three opening general
session welcomed Kwame Alexander,
poet, educator and author,
who recited our community poem,
called " Everything Around You. "
Alexander constructed the final
poem from multiple poems submitted
by members of our park and
recreation community.
The poem recitation was followed
by the keynote panel, " A
Fair and Just Future for Youth
Sports, " with opening remarks by
Kim Turner, director, gender equity
initiative at Coaching Corps.
Rachel Banner, NRPA's director
of park access, moderated the
discussion that featured panelists
Chris Mosier, Team USA athlete
and transgender activist; Diahann
Billings-Burford, CEO of RISE;
and Jose Corona, vice president,
programs and partnerships at Eat.
Learn. Play. Foundation. During
this lively discussion, panelists addressed
the historic role of sports
in championing racial and social
justice as well as inequities and discrimination
in youth sports.
Education Sessions Offered
Live and Virtually
At this year's conference, education
was aplenty with one-hour sessions
and speed sessions.
Working Toward Racial Equity
" As part of our next century conservation
plan, back in 2015 - or even
earlier than that - our vision for
change, equity and inclusion were
key goals for the Forest Preserves [of
Cook County, Illinois].... We recognized
that the people of Cook County,
the diverse Cook County residents,
were not coming to the preserves in
the same numbers, and we recognized
that was not okay, " says Arnold
Randall, general superintendent of
the Forest Preserves of Cook County
and NRPA board member, in his
education session, titled " Working
Toward Racial Equity. "
Randall continued the session by
describing a 2018 event involving a
hate crime that occurred in a Forest
Preserves of Cook County park,
which prompted department staff
to take their commitment to equity
to the next level. " The question
we asked was, 'How can we operationalize
[our value that] everyone
is welcome in the preserves?' I can
say it and my boss can say it and
our leaders can say it, but how do
we make sure that it is actually happening
at every level in the organization? "
says Randall.
He then described the steps agency
staff took to " create a long-term
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