Safe Zone Conversations: Racism

Safe Zone Conversations: Racism
In celebration of Black History Month, we are cordially inviting you to participate in an IPRA Safe Zone Conversation on the topic of racism. A Safe Zone Conversation (SZC) is simply defined as civil dialogue amongst a group of people purposely engineered to discuss human topics that can be deemed sensitive, uncomfortable, or complex in nature. We are beginning to see more and more professionals talk about racism, acknowledge vulnerabilities, and listen to others with different perspectives. If you’re looking for that opportunity or simply want to learn more about these valuable events and how they can benefit your agency, you are encouraged to join us for at least one of the two events scheduled for the month of February. These events are open to members and non-members from all regions of Illinois. Registration is limited to the first 40 people for each event, so don't miss out!

Who Should Attend:
Park District, forest preserve, and conservation professionals of varying levels of experience and special interests seeking to talk about the issue of racism in an environment of mutual respect and inclusivity are encouraged to attend.

  Schedule  Dates  Time
  Event A  Monday, February 8  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
  Event B  Wednesday, February 24  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

To Register:
 Login to your IPRA account, then select "Register Myself". If you are not an IPRA member, create a free account, then register for an event. Registration deadline for Event A is February 3 and Event B February 19.

Fee: FREE for IPRA Member / $10.00 Non-Member. Fees are donated to the Illinois Park and Recreation Foundation Diversity Education Fund.

How to Participate: Events will take place via Zoom. It is not required to have an account, but the web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting from a computer. Attendees can also participate from a smart device using the Zoom app, or can use the call-in feature. Virtual join links will be emailed the day before each event.

Transcription Services: Live transcriptions are available to participants via at no additional charge. Instructions will be provided to those indicating at registration they require the service to participate.

 Events are not approved for Continuing Education Units (Continuing Education Units are for certifications such as CPRE, CPRP, and CTRS).

Questions: Contact IPRA Education Director Duane Smith at
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