CULTIVATING A STRONGER ENVIRONMENT
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
A LETTER TO OUR COMMUNITY
The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes is outraged by, and stands against, the systemic racial violence that ultimately led to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Tamir Rice, and tragically, so many others throughout our country’s history. As a public nature preserve serving a vibrant and diverse community, we believe it is unacceptable that Black people and people of color should ever be unwelcome or unsafe in parks and public spaces. The cases of Christian Cooper, Onsayo Abram, and too many others, show that people of color often face uncomfortable and dangerous situations while simply enjoying the outdoors and being in nature–at times, to the point of being threatened, harmed, or even murdered.
Nature is and should be for everyone to enjoy without fear.
With this in mind, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes reaffirms our strong commitment to our Core Values: Welcoming to All, Respectful of People and Nature, and Confident in Fostering Change. These guiding principles of our organization will inspire us as we shape our operations, policies, and programs for the future.
Over the past two years, the Nature Center has been working toward becoming a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization. As part of these efforts, we have created a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement that will further guide us as we embrace our role in creating a more equitable and just society. Our work has just begun, and we intend to keep you informed on our progress to become more inclusive and representative of our greater Cleveland community. I am proud to lead this organization as we continue to listen, learn, and work together to take action toward positive change.
President & CEO