Our team is ready to answer any questions you may have! We've also included some FAQ's about the event (below).
Please read through the list below to find the most appropriate contact person. We will endeavor to answer emails within 2 business days.
Poster presentations, abstracts, submission: Elja Roy
Workshops: Dan McNeil
Accessibility, venue details: Madeleine Orr
Media, Press: Dan Milz
Volunteering: Ben Pflughoeft
Other inquiries: Madeleine Orr
Here are some FAQ's our team has recently received. If your question is not answered here, please get in touch with us at the emails above.
Q: Who should come to this event?
A: Any person who works in, studies, or has any interest in topics related to environmental equity as it relates to access, inclusion, representation, cultural relativity, and eco-services in the context of parks, recreation, green spaces, in Minneapolis. Of course, the topics and discussions will have some relevance for other cities, other regions, other aspects of environmental equity, so we encourage non-Minneapolitans to attend, too!
Q: What does the event entail?
A: There will be workshops in the morning, led by Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board
staff and leaders from local NGO's. These workshops will train participants to think broadly about equity and inclusion, to acknowledge intersectionality, to lead inclusively. They will also delineate some opportunities to get involved and participate in making Minneapolis Parks a better, more inclusive place. The workshops are free, but require advanced registration due to limited seats (details to follow on Workshops page). Then, there will be a poster session over the lunch hour featuring research by students and faculty at the University of Minnesota and other nearby colleges and universities. In the afternoon, we will have a panel discussion (speakers to be announced shortly) on where we've been, and where we're going with respect to equity in Minneapolis Parks. The panelists will share the latest developments and projects to create inclusive, accessible spaces, and a short Q&A will follow. Finally, the event will conclude with a keynote speaker (to be announced shortly).
Q: Is the venue accessible?
A: Yes! We have specifically chosen a venue that is completely wheelchair accessible, has gender-neutral washrooms in the building, we are working with Accessibility Services to offer any additional accommodations that may be requested.
Q: How do I get to Walter Library?
A: Walter Library is located at 117 Pleasant Street East, Minneapolis. It can be accessed via Metro Transit bus (routes 3 and 121 stop right behind the library; the stop is called Pleasant St SE-Scholars Walk), light rail (Green Line, East Bank stop is 0.4 miles away), campus transit system (route 121 stops right behind the building), and car (the Church Street Garage
, and Weisman Art Museum Garage
are the nearest parking options).
Q: What are the fees?
A: In the spirit of accessibility, the Summit is FREE! We do, however, request that you please RSVP
if you will be attending so that we can plan accordingly.
Q: I want to sponsor/support the event. How can I do that?
A: Please get in touch with Madeleine
about sponsorship and we can discuss to determine whether it would be a good fit!