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INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: At the Urban League of Northwest Indiana's Diversity and Inclusion Awards Luncheon on March 21, 2013, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was honored to receive two awards: the Development Award and the overall Moving the Needle Award, for the park's programs of diversity and inclusion.
The National Park Service was recognized for both its internal and external programs to create and manage a park for everyone: for everyone to work in, to volunteer for, and to visit.
The awards recognize the National Park Service's community programs, interpretation offerings, recruiting drives, and hiring efforts to maintain a welcoming workplace. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore employs more than 200 full-time and temporary employees.
The Moving the Needle Award - the top award, presented by the Urban League and NIPSCO, recognizes exemplary performance in all four award categories: Community Relations, Development, Leadership, and Workforce Diversity.
The text on the Moving the Needle Award describes the reasons why Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was recognized:
The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore embraces diversity as a way of life. A holistic and inclusive organizational approach to its mission is practiced internally and externally. The employees and volunteers responsible for the balance among the ecological, biological and geographical systems are themselves a national and local treasure.
Due to its daunting responsibility of protecting enormous landscape-15,100 acres of land, 15 miles of Lake Michigan coastline, and more than 60 historic structures in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties, it has been essential to build harmony among all features and facets of the agency.
The continuous enhancement of organizational processes has resulted in an observable commitment to increasing diversity of employees and volunteers. Their organizational culture is welcoming.
Their community education programs foster cultural awareness and historical settlement literary documents provide the foundation for a future where diversity and inclusion arc the norm.
At its root, the goal of the National Park Service is to have a workforce mirror the community it serves. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a regional and national model for others.
The National Park Service is honored to receive these awards and is thankful to the Urban League for its recognition of our efforts and for the League's continued commitment to empowering communities and changing lives.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.