The Chicago Botanic Garden stands firmly opposed to systemic and institutional racism. In 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement catalyzed a process of self-examination and learning at the Garden. We recognize that people of color often feel unwelcome in gardens, forest preserves, and parks, a direct result of historical oppression and violence in outdoor spaces.
To inform our work, the Garden established an employee resource group on equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA). As one of the world’s great living museums and conservation science centers, the Chicago Botanic Garden acknowledges our obligation to lead by example. We can do more to address EDIA within our own organization. We recommit ourselves to live our mission and values as we strive to make the Chicago Botanic Garden a safe place that embraces the multiple stories and identities of the many communities we engage.