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DEI Stakeholder Group Statement of Intent

Posted By Amanda Parsons, Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Date Last Modified: June 12, 2019


The Oregon Recreation and Parks Association (ORPA) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Stakeholder Group serves to develop a coalition of parks and recreation professionals who have an interest in the improvement and sustainability of practices that promote DEI principles.  The DEI Stakeholder Group aims to provide equity-related resources and guidance to the ORPA board as well as ORPA membership.  The group would take aim at creating a mission, setting goals, and creating actionable items that can provide direction to the board and members of ORPA.


ORPA Strategic Plan and Mission

The ORPA mission is to support the recreation and park profession in Oregon through leadership, education, advocacy, and member services.  As part of strategic long-term planning, ORPA developed a Strategic Plan (2016-2020).  This plan identified a strategic initiative to support diversity, equity and inclusion as part of research and long-term planning.  This initiative includes:

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Parks & Recreation (R&LP 2.1)
    • Actively explore and define what socio-economic equity, diversity and inclusion look like for park and recreation service providers in order to anchor a broader discussion among ORPA members and partners.
  • Statewide Conversation on Diversity (R&LP 2.2)
    • Lead a conversation among ORPA members and the wider community on equity, diversity and inclusion through the lens of parks and recreation program services.
  • Implementing Social Equity (R&LP 2.3)
    • Develop and implement initiatives where park and recreation programs reflect the values of social equity and inclusion that have been identified.


DEI Stakeholder Group Responsibilities

The DEI Stakeholder Group will be organized to provide recommendations to the ORPA board and members for achieving goals in the strategic plan related to DEI principles including, but not limited to, internal organizational processes, training, and advocacy.


Potential outcomes of projects

  • Define diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to the goals of the stakeholder group and ORPA.
  • Prioritize areas of social injustice and inequities in parks and recreation to drive coalition building efforts.
  • Increased participation from minority/diverse communities in parks and recreation profession
  • Increased awareness and advocacy of equity/quality of life provided by parks and recreation organizations and stakeholder groups
  • Outlining standard practices/service levels of parks and recreation organizations for outreach and meeting needs of minority/diverse communities with assistance from stakeholder groups
  • General support of DEI practices in the civic leadership of local, regional, and statewide communities.
  • Provide guidance for ORPA Annual Conference session submissions and establish indicators of DEI related sessions for conference attendees.


How to Get Involved

Participation in the DEI Stakeholder Group is a collaborative effort made up of a diverse group of individuals.  Participation is not restricted to ORPA membership.  We encourage professionals from parks and recreation, non-profit organizations, partner organizations or other interested stakeholders to join.


Those wishing to be a part of this group should reach out to Amanda Parsons, staff-member of the Oregon Recreation and Park Association.


Amanda Parsons -; 503.534.5673

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