Equity in Practice - What to Expect?

Includes a Live Event on 02/24/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)

At NRPA, our place in creating change and supporting communities is by helping park and recreation professionals meet emerging and future challenges, with a special focus on those based on differences. To develop a plan for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for the field, we spent last year connecting with and surveying the field to understand where agencies and state affiliates are — what work is being done, who is leading the work and what support NRPA can provide. Join this talk, as we review lessons learned from that process, discuss what equity means across our core competencies, and introduce NRPA’s new “Equity in Practice” member opportunities for 2022 and beyond.  


  1. Audience will know the definition of equity.
  2. Audience will understand the role of parks and recreation in furthering equity.
  3. Audience will be able to identify additional DEI professional development opportunities through NRPA’s Equity in Practice offerings. 

Shalini Mirpuri (she/her)

Senior Education Manager - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

National Recreation and Parks Association

Shalini is the Senior Manager of Education - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for NRPA. She is a passionate Educator who is focused on melding her love for parks with her commitment to social equity. Shalini believes that innovative education and inviting dialogue can build a shared investment in ensuring access to parks for everyone. She has been working on issues of equity for over 10 years in a variety of settings, including higher ed, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. She is particularly passionate about the intersection of gender-based violence and racial equality. Shalini holds a Masters in Education and an Education Specialist degree in Counseling from the University of Florida. 

​Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD (she/her/hers)

Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer

National Recreation and Park Association

Autumn Saxton-Ross, PhD, developed a love of the outdoors first through her grandmother’s yard and then exploring city parks with her family in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.  Now a resident of Washington DC and mom of two, she is the VP for Education & Chief Equity Officer at the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). 

She started her career as an elementary school Health and PE teacher in DC Public Schools and after receiving graduate degrees in Health Education and Sociology, has worked in various positions that placed her at the intersections of health, equity and the outdoors.  Most recently, as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Lead for NatureBridge, and prior to that she held positions as the Program Director for Place-based Initiatives at the National Collaborative for Health Equity, Program Specialist at DC Department of Health and (Health) Recreation Specialist at both Montgomery County and DC Departments of Recreation.

Autumn is a connector- actively seeking out ways to build bridges between seemingly disparate people, opportunities and ideas.  And if you really want to see a sparkle in her eye, start a conversation on all things Marvel, Octavia Butler or Star Trek: The Next Generation.  


Equity in Practice – What to Expect?
02/24/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
02/24/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
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