Spring 2019 PA Urban Parks & Recreation Exchange

Date & Time:
Friday, May 10
9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Frick Environmental Center
2005 Beechwood Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Public transportation information:
Buses: 65 at Darlington and Beechwood; 61A, 61B stop at Forbes and Dallas.

Co-hosted by the Pennsylvania Urban Parks & Recreation Alliance and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, this gathering of parks & recreation professionals and champions will focus on important issues and solutions surrounding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

The day will include informal presentations, case studies, and discussions with local officials on how to assess where an organization is in its understanding of DEI, the tools and resources for implementing policies, and the evaluation of the progress of said policies thereafter. This will be followed by lunch and a tour of Frick Environmental Center.

Exchange Speakers & Facilitators Include: 

Chastity Bey, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy 

Ed Ulrich, City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation

Deonna Dykes, Student Conservation Association

Shawn Taylor, Landforce

Jamie Upshaw, Autism Urban Connections Inc.

Bishnu Timsina, Jewish Family and Community Services of Pittsburgh

Jamil Bey, UrbanKind Institute

Click here to view the agenda

Please see below for additional resources:

Green 2.0 Reports and Resources
The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations
The Challenge
Diversity Derailed
Beyond Diversity: A roadmap to building a inclusive organization
Green 2.0 Resource List by Topic 

NRPA Reports and Resources

‘Park and Recreation Inclusion’ Full Report

KOYA Education Pioneers

Project Implicit Resources

Implicit Association Tests – Applications for measuring implicit bias

PRPS Reports and Resources

To contact a featured speaker or facilitator, please see the links below:

Chastity Bey (Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy)
Ed Ulrich (City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation)
Deonna Dykes (Student Conservation Association)
Shawn Taylor (Landforce)
Jamie Upshaw (Autism Urban Connections Inc.)
Bishnu Timsina (Pittsburgh Jewish Family & Community Services)
Jamil Bey (UrbanKind Institute)

If you are interested in attending or seeking more information please email us at [email protected]