Willamalane’sFrom Superintendent Michael Wargo: is to provide exceptional parks and recreation to enrich the lives of everyone we serve. Over the last year, Willamalane committed to stand against racism and all forms of oppression. With this commitment, Willamalane has established Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) as a district priority and permanent initiative. The work is guided by a new position at Willamalane, a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Supervisor who also leads a district-wide committee. Willamalane identified strategic goals to address the internal work needed to enhance DEI within the workplace, parks, programs, facilities, and open spaces it manages and maintains.
Strategic Action Plan
The Strategic Action Plan strives to make Willamalane’s work environment, operations, hiring, outreach, recreational facilities, programs, outdoor spaces, and activities accessible, welcoming, equitable, and inclusive to all.
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Supervisor reports on progress every month at public Board of Directors meetings. The Strategic Action Plan is subject to annual updates.
Goals for June 2020-April 2022:
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It is critical to build and retain a workforce and leadership team that is reflective of the overall community being served. One of the Strategic Action Plan goals is to audit Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the leadership level. Over the course of the next four years, Willamalane will make serious efforts to improve our workplace culture, practices, and policies to become more equitable and inclusive to various identities and perspectives at the leadership level.
Willamalane Leadership, July 2021
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Data provided by staff and managed by Willamalane's Human Resources software. Includes Board members, management team, program managers, and supervisors.
Springfield, Oregon Demographics, 2019
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Data from U.S. Census Bureau. The census does not provide information about people who are non-binary. Willamalane working with partners to understand local demographics and will update this chart accordingly as more information is available.
If you have ideas, comments, or questions, we want to listen and use your feedback to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion conditions in the district. Please contact the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are also welcome and encouraged to attend monthly Board of Directors meetings. Monthly meetings have opportunities for public comment. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Supervisor also gives a report of the month’s activities at each meeting.
More Information and Resources
Defining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity: Diversity for Willamalane is our team, our organization, and our community. Diversity is much more than a person’s race or ethnicity. It’s a broader definition for us. To truly be a diverse organization we must showcase acceptance and respect for differences in our various identities and perspectives.
Equity: Equity is not interchangeable with equality. Treating everyone equally maintains inequality. If Willamalane treats staff and community members equally, it considers them all to be the same. Equity focuses on individual and workgroup needs. Equity requires the district to acknowledge the different needs, experiences, and opportunities of its staff, community, and partners.
Inclusion: Inclusion is not a natural consequence of a diverse team, organization, or community. Inclusion requires intentional infrastructure and incorporation. To do so, the district must work with staff and community members it is designing for – starting with staff and extending to patrons and community members.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Our Community
- Resolution No. 20-21-03: A Resolution Pledging Willamalane's Support of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Priorities
- Lane County Acknowledgement of Racism as a Public Health Crisis
Willamalane's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion partners serve a diverse range of backgrounds, needs, and access points. They advise Willamalane on its efforts, and Willamalane supports theirs.
Monthly Board Memos
These are the last six months of Board memos. For more, head to the list of Board of Directors packets.