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The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Stakeholder Group is a group of park and recreation professionals who are interested in seeing the further development of equity and inclusion efforts both within ORPA and across the field of parks & recreation. 

This group welcomes people of color, immigrants, refugees, people from the LGBTQ+ community, neurodiverse people, the differently-abled, and all other traditionally overlooked voices to join the DEI Stakeholder Group.



On June 13th, representative of the group, Lonny Flora, presented a Statement of Intent developed by stakeholders.  This statement defines the purpose of the group, as well as identifies the future direction and planning.  You can read more about the statement below.



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)
  • Statewide Conversation on Diversity (R&LP 2.2)
  • Implementing Social Equity (R&LP 2.3)


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.



Seeking resources to incorporate equity and inclusion into your own programs?  Want to see what other programs are working on?  Have a program that encourages diversity, and want to share with others?  

This group shares resources related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in and out of the park and recreation industry.  You can access these resources from our Online Resources portal.


Looking to be a part of an inclusive group of park and recreation professionals seeking to improve our industry?  Whether you have experience in coalition building, equity work, or simply want to be a part of an effort working toward social justice, we welcome everyone.

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.

Contact ORPA Staff Amanda Parsons for more information on getting involved.

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