ADVISORY: CAP, National Urban League, National Parks Conservation Association, and NAACP to Host Discussion on Improving Diversity in Our National Parks
Washington, D.C. — A recent Center for American Progress analysis found that of the more than 450 national parks and monuments in the United States, less than one-quarter have a primary focus on women, communities of color, or other traditionally underrepresented groups. The Center for American Progress, the National Parks Conservation Association, the National Urban League, and the NAACP will host a discussion on Thursday, November 5, 2015, in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center to help identify ideas for how the United States can build a more inclusive system of national parks and monuments to accurately reflect the rich and varied stories of all communities in America.
With the centennial of the National Park Service quickly approaching next year, this discussion is intended to jump-start a dialogue on the need for our national parks and monuments to reflect America’s growing diversity. The event will feature leaders from Congress; the administration; and the conservation, social justice, economic, and faith communities.
Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress
Shantha Ready Alonso, Executive Director, Creation Justice Ministries
Don Cravins Jr., Senior Vice President for Policy and Executive Director of the Washington Bureau, National Urban League
Carrie Hamblen, Executive Director of the Las Cruces Chapter, New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce
Michael Reynolds, Associate Director, Workforce, Relevancy and Inclusion Management, National Park Service
Alan Spears, Director of Cultural Resources, National Parks Conservation Association
November 5, 2015, 1:30 p.m. ET – 3:00 p.m. ET
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Congressional Meeting Room South
First St. SE
Washington, D.C. 20515