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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the Buffalo Grove Park District

At the Buffalo Grove Park District, we are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment where all individuals feel valued, respected and empowered. We believe that a diverse and inclusive environment not only enhances the experiences of our team but also drives innovation, creativity, and success. Our commitment to DEI is deeply rooted in our core values and is reflected in every aspect of our work. Our mission is to actively promote DEI at every level of our organization.

We recognize and celebrate the unique perspectives, backgrounds, experiences and identities that each individual brings to the Buffalo Grove Park District. We actively seek to create a space where people of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds can thrive and contribute to our mission.

We strive for equity by acknowledging and addressing systemic biases and barriers that may hinder the advancement of certain groups. Our goal is to create a fair and just workplace where everyone has equal opportunities for growth, development, and success. We are committed to implementing policies and practices that promote equity in hiring, promotions, compensation, and access to resources.

Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do. We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive culture where every team member feels empowered to contribute their unique perspectives and ideas. We actively seek and value input from all individuals, recognizing that an inclusive environment leads to enhanced collaboration, creativity, and overall organizational excellence.

Our Commitment

  • Regularly assess our practices, policies and procedures to identify and address any potential biases and inequities.
  • Provide ongoing DEI education and training to our team members to ensure a deep understanding and commitment to these principles.
  • Actively engage with and seek input from our employees, customers, partners and community members to continuously improve our DEI efforts.
  • Hold ourselves accountable for maintaining a welcoming and inclusive environment, where everyone can reach their full potential.
  • Provide the opportunity for the community to communicate their needs and concerns regarding DEI.
  • Coordinate with the other entities within Buffalo Grove to promote and celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion.

At the Buffalo Grove Park District, we firmly believe that embracing diversity, equity and inclusion enriches our organization, and contributes to a more just and equitable society. We invite you to join us on this journey as we work together to create a world where everyone can thrive and succeed.


Please share any ideas, suggestions or concerns regarding diversity, equity and inclusion.  Provide your name and contact information if you would like someone from our staff to respond.  You may also reach out directly to our diversity, equity and inclusion contact, Mike Terson, at 847.850.2116 or

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