Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Leach Botanical Garden stands with Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color in confronting racism and demanding change. The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others have appallingly and tragically shown that there is a huge amount of work to be done in our country, and that complacency and inaction are unconscionable, both personally and collectively.
Our goal is to be a place of respite, education, and opportunity that is safe and welcoming to all people of color. However, the historic lack of diversity at public gardens cannot be overlooked and must be addressed. Recognizing that meaningful change involves more than words on a page, we are committed to developing a deeper understanding of institutionalized racism that will allow us to be an active part of dismantling white privilege. It is essential to the Garden’s growth and strength to not only reflect the diversity of our community, but to be that diversity. In our small corner of the world, we vow to make a difference.
We stand with Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color and are committed to:
• Providing professional diversity training for staff and board members
• Increasing staff and board diversity
• Prioritizing accessibility to garden entry and programs
• Creating programming for diverse audiences
• Prioritizing racial equity through listening, reflecting, educating, and conversing
You can explore and learn from these resources shared by Portland Parks Foundation: