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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources 


In Summer 2018, NCRPA received grant funding from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation to internally review our practices, policies, and organizational culture using a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens. Through this process of working with an independent race equity consulting firm, strengths & opportunities to grow were identified. Following this internal review,  NCRPA was invited to apply for and received a three-year grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation in January 2020 to help strengthen our commitment to addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues as an organization and with our member agencies.

Over the past few months, we have been strategic about offering learning opportunities that tackle these complex issues. We are committed to continuing to do so while providing our members with additional tools to make positive changes in their communities. 

In light of recent events involving incidents of racism across our country, on June 2nd, NCRPA released the following statement:

NCRPA supports the National Recreation and Park Association's statement and will continue to share resources and host conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion, while supporting our membership during and after these tragedies. You can view the full statement here.  We have opportunities planned for the future to provide additional resources to navigate racial justice and equity work in your communities. We encourage you to engage with these resources as they become available.

To assist our members, we have created this page to serve as a resource about systemic racism, access, equity, and inclusion in our communities. This working list is not exhaustive but rather serves as a place to start gaining and sharing knowledge of racial equity.

Please continue to follow this page and our weekly emails for additional resources, webinars, roundtables, events, and more on these important issues.   If you have resources to recommend for consideration to be added to this page, please contact Diquan Edmonds, Program Coordinator at


Register today for our Fall schedule of Racial Equity Learning Cohorts!


October Cohort

November Cohort

NCRPA Resources

Whose Park is it Anyway | Webinar & Roundtable

Dealing with the Dark Side of Parks - Webinar


Check Our Bias to Wreck our Bias:

Peanut Butter, Jelly, & Racism:

Systemic Racism Explained:

Online Resources:


What is Racial Equity?


Coursera: Collection of Courses on Race, Inequality, & Social Justice

Why Lead with Race?

 11 Terms You Should Know to Better Understand Structural Racism 

Race in America Timeline

NRPA: Social Equity 

NRPA: Park Access 

Park Inequities are Symptoms of a Bigger Problem

Five Ways to Make the Outdoors More Inclusive


1619 - NY Times

Code Switch - NPR


Race Equity Reading List:

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors by Dr. Carolyn Finney

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson, Ph.D.

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Black Stats: African Americans by Numbers in the 21st Century by Monique W. Morris

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Slavery By Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

The Invention of the White Race by Theodore W. Allen

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White by Frank H. Wu

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Inequality in America by 

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Tatum

Unraveling the Model Minority Stereotype by Stacy J. Lee

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

How Does It Feel To Be A Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez by Richard Rodriguez

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs

The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Woodson

The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby