Metroparks speakers discuss diversity and inclusion – Daily Tribune


The Huron-Clinton Metroparks DCI Lecture Series welcomes Angelou Ezeilo from the Greening Youth Foundation and Kristine Stratton from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for a free two-session virtual presentation.

Both will speak at a special virtual meeting of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Council of Commissioners on Wednesday, October 20 at 10 a.m. Ezeilo and Stratton will discuss why diversity, equity and inclusion are important to parks and recreation organizations.

At 6 p.m., Ezeilo will discuss how to engage under-represented communities and create cohesive and sustainable pathways to careers in parks, recreation and natural resource management. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Angelou Ezeilo is the founder and CEO of Greening Youth Foundation. Angelou realized the disconnect between the land that was being preserved and educating people about that preservation, especially as it relates to our next generation. This is what motivated the creation of the Greening Youth Foundation. As CEO, Angelou is leading a movement to provide environmental and wellness education and career paths to a new generation. The Greening Youth Foundation is cultivating a generation of young people of color to be stewards of our lands and natural resources, changing the demographics of the environmental conservation movement.

Kristine Stratton, President and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is responsible for the nearly $ 20 million national organization that ensures that all have access to parks for health, conservation and Hobbies. NRPA believes that access to quality parks and recreation is essential to an individual’s success and strong communities and focuses on underserved communities to give everyone access to a large park.

Pre-registration is not required, and links to the virtual sessions can be found by clicking on


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