Ingrid Hale

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Nonprofit Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Abbi Leinwand Haggerty


The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the effectiveness of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs and initiatives at camps in creating a community that is safe and inclusive of all participants. Many youth summer camps are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as integral to their values and mission and consider themselves safe spaces for all regardless of their race, religion, or socioeconomic background. DEI should be a matter of concern for any camp, so that it might better prepare its participants to serve as advocates for social justice in society today and in the future. If DEI are strategic priorities for camps, it is important that camp leaders develop and implement DEI programs that are adequate and effective in meeting the needs within their community. Camp directors and leaders must continuously consider and evaluate how they will support and improve DEI within their respective communities both in the moment and in the future. DEI needs to be evident in every fiber of the camp culture such as staff, programming, financing, and governing policies. I intend for my research to demonstrate the effectiveness of specific practices, strategies, and tools focused on DEI at camps in creating a more positive, supportive, and safe experience for all participants. By gauging the level of effectiveness and impact of this work through assessment and accountability, camps might learn how they can modify and improve their efforts in the future to serve as centers for positive youth development and growth in this increasingly complex and diverse world.