Episode 13: Diversity, Beyond The Buzzword

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Banner image by Liz Song

Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the outdoors: Part 1.

The outdoor space has been getting a lot of press lately about its lack of diversity. We’ve seen articles in USA Today, Outside Online, and within blogger circles (you can find a list at the bottom of this page). There are a growing number of organizations that are working to amplify non-white and LGBTQ people in the outdoors, and rightly so.

But why do the outdoors lack diversity? At the prompt of listener Sara Murphy, we go “beyond the buzzword of diversity” and investigate the many barriers we face in cultivating a more inclusive outdoor space. We teamed up with Liz Song of Snowqueen and Scout to dive into this two-part series on diversity in the outdoors.

Listen to Part 2, “Towards a More Inclusive Outdoors”->

This episode features:

Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin & Ava Holliday, The Avarna Group co-founders.

Graciella Cabello, Latino Outdoors National Director.

Miho Aida, “If She Can Do It, You Can Too.”

Elyse Rylander, Founder of Out There Adventures.

And voice memos from:

Simone Martin-Newberry, Ambreen Tariq aka @brownpeoplecamping, Lisa Dougherty, Marinel de Jesus, Monserrat Alvarez, Renuka Nagaraj, Rachel Samaniego, and Stephanie Harper.

 

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Some Of The Women Featured, In Action:

Simone Martin-Newberry
Simone Martin-Newberry
Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin by James Mills, The Avarna Group
Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin by James Mills, The Avarna Group
Ambreen Tariq, @brownpeoplecamping
Ambreen Tariq, @brownpeoplecamping
Elyse Rylander, Out There Adventures
Elyse Rylander, Out There Adventures
Marinel de Jesus, Brown Gal Trekker
Marinel de Jesus, Brown Gal Trekker
Ava Holliday by Matt Pool Photography, The Avarna Group
Ava Holliday by Matt Pool Photography, The Avarna Group
Renuka Nagaraj
Renuka Nagaraj
Miho Aida
Miho Aida

Resources:

It Matters Who You See in Outdoor Media“, Outside Magazine, by Carolyn Finney

For People of Color, Hiking Isn’t Always an Escape,” USA Today, by Benjamin Spillman

Episode 2: Being ‘Outdoorsy’ When You’re Black or Brown,” Code Switch Podcast

More Minorities are Hiking and Camping – Good News for Makers of Outdoorsy Gear,” LA Times, by Hugo Martin

Diversity on the Trail is a Gift and Here’s Why,” Brown Gal Trekker

Why Don’t They Look Like Me? The Diversity Dilemma in Outdoor Media,” Little Grunts

What unique experiences do you bring to the trail?