“…Your program was effective for many reasons. Staff noted previous attempts at similar discussions, but had received divisive results. Some said this was the most open District conversation they can remember….there has been an overwhelming call to continue your engagement with Champaign Park District.”
- Jarrod Scheunemann, Assistant To Executive Director, Champaign Park District
"The Glenview Park District just held a Safe Zone Conversation with our full-time staff where 41 employees participated via Zoom. It was truly inspiring and moving to share and learn as a team in a brave and safe space. It provided a starting point for continued individual reflection, team equity, and inclusion and organizational transformation. I would encourage my fellow leaders to not overlook the importance of this opportunity for your team and schedule especially during these challenging times."
- Michael McCarty, Executive Director, Glenview Park District
“The safe talks I have attended at NWSRA have been eye opening. I think that I am lucky enough to work in an environment that strives for inclusion, so I don’t always realize the struggles that are out there. Not everyone works and lives in an environment that is as inclusive as the environment I am a part of. It is good to have reminders of different environments, so that you can keep up with trends and changes. These safe talks exposed me to conversations and realities I have not experienced before. I feel more educated and aware that my education in different culture, believes, and communities should continue and evolve.”
- Trisha Palmieri, CPRP, CTRS, QIDP, DSP, PATH, Collaboratives Coordinator, NWSRA