Diversity and Inclusion in the Recreation Profession: Organizational Perspectives [etext]

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Editor(s): Ingrid E. Schneider
B. Dana Kivel

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As North America continues to diversify in its population, inclusion is more important than ever. In this important book, the authors explore, document, and delve into the construct of diversity within the context of managing and providing recreation and leisure-related services.

Using multiple perspectives and comprehensive research, the authors provide (1) an analysis and critique of the current state of knowledge about diversity issues within the PRTM fields (parks, recreation, and tourism management); (2) a forum for scholars and recreation professionals to share best practices and their own experiences in PRTM organizations related to diversity in scholarship and practice, including public, private, and nonprofit agencies; and (3) opportunities to explore strategies for addressing diversity and strategies toward structural changes within organizations.

Specifically, the authors illuminate how markers of diversity influence the issues and problems perceived and/or experienced by diverse groups; the nature and types of institutional barriers often unwittingly created by organizational professionals in their response, or lack thereof, to diverse populations; and transformational opportunities, both individual and organizational, that result through enhanced commitment to organizational diversity and inclusion.

  • Scholars and recreation professionals continually recognize that serving diverse populations is integral to the PRTM profession. The new edition features several significant updates. Some of these include the following:
  • Case studies of organizations successfully addressing diversity and inclusion
  • An expanded number of professional voices and their lived experiences with diversity as professionals in recreation, leisure, tourism, and sport organizations
  • A new chapter on religion and spirituality as they relate to diversity, in addition to refreshed or completely new content chapters

Editor Ingrid E. Schneider talks about the book:


About the Editor(s)

Ingrid E. Schneider

Ingrid Schneider is a professor in the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota where she teaches in the park and protected area concentration.

Ingrid received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota and her PhD from Clemson University.

Beyond diversity, Professor Schneider’s research interests include visitor behavior, recreation conflict, and sustainable nature-based tourism.

Ingrid’s professional experience includes the service industry, lodging sector, and as an outdoor recreation planner. Ingrid seeks life balance through family events, yoga, hiking, reading, attending movies, and cooking.

B. Dana Kivel

B. Dana Kivel  is a professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration at Sacramento State University (CSUS) and Director of the Community Engagement Center at CSUS.

Prior to this, Dana taught tennis in a summer parks program, wrote for a daily paper in Texas and a national feminist newspaper in Washington, D.C., worked on a Quaker farm/summer camp in Vermont, and cofounded and directed the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC).

Celebrating its 28th anniversary in 2016, LYRIC is a nonprofit, social/recreational program in San Francisco for young people who self-identify as lesbian/gay/bisexual and transgender.

Dana taught at the University of Northern Iowa, and the University of North Carolina and in 2001, received a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to live and work abroad in Leeds, England.