A Cultural Responsiveness & Inclusion Strategic Plan (CRISP) was developed to foster greater engagement of the Boulder County Latinx community in the full range of opportunities available through Boulder County Parks & Open Space.
The purpose of the CRISP is to add a cultural responsiveness and inclusion lens to all that the Boulder County Parks & Open department (BCPOS) does, with an initial focus on increasing participation and engagement with the Latinx community. The plan was was developed in 2020-21 with the assistance of Trestle Strategy Group and CLACE. The recommendations and results of the CRISP will have effects across the entire community by serving as a model for future efforts to increase the department’s engagement with other underserved groups in Boulder County.
Overall, the CRISP will help the department to be a more welcoming, inclusive, and responsive department to all communities in Boulder County with a focus on those that have historically not been included, felt welcome, had their voices heard, or reaped the benefits provided by our department.
BCPOS identified the following needs to be addressed by the CRISP:
- Help the department better understand the needs, desires, and experiences of underserved communities, focusing on the Latinx community, as they relate to parks and open space.
- Begin to create pathways to those communities and discover ways to build better, lasting relationships within the communities.
- Recommend strategies to fit the vision and insights of the CRISP into the day-to-day work of all Parks & Open Space staff.