MPRA Board of Directors Approved the following DEI Mission Statement on October 13, 2022.
MRPA strives to actively engage considerations of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in all aspects of our association. This includes, but is not limited to, how we function and make decisions as a Board of Directors, how we prepare professional development opportunities for our members, how we solicit sponsors for our events, and how we communicate with our members. Being intentional about our DEI mission is essential to improving the quality of life for all and further advancing the parks and recreation profession in Maine.
To be effective in this work, the MRPA DEI committee goals are to:
- Encourage representation of diverse lived experiences (diversity)
- Create and promote equal, open access to everyone (equity)
- Provide an environment where all members have a sense of belonging (inclusion)
Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
In response to the events that occurred in the United States in 2020, the Maine Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA) would like to take a moment to acknowledge the inequality and injustice that black people, and all people of color, disproportionately face in the U.S. MRPA stands in solidarity with communities of color and condemns discrimination and racism in all its forms. We believe that black lives matter.
It has never been more important for the Recreation and Parks Community to be a leading voice for social equity and inclusion. Our communities are visiting our public spaces in record numbers to find the physical and mental health solutions that parks and recreation uniquely provide. MRPA is in the community building business – the business of creating joy and supporting health and well-being. As we follow our path to recovery, let us make sure we are opening our spaces and rebuilding our programs in service of our fundamental belief that everyone deserves great parks and programs.